A Search for the locus of information overload in pigeon compound matching-to-sample performance

Five pigeons matched element and compound samples ina symbolic matching4o~sampieprocedure. In Experiment 1, the sample duration variedwithin each session, rangingfrom .125 to 8 sec. Element matching accuracy was superior to compound matching accuracy, and matching accuracy improved with sample duration; but there was no evidence for the convergence of element and compound matching accuracy with long sample durations. In Experiment 2, the sample.to-test delay varied from 0 to 4 sec. The superiority of element matching accuracy over compound matching accuracy did not vary as a function of delay length. These replications of previous failures to find interactions between sample type and temporal parameters in determining matching accuracy place important constraints on explanaticas-of element superiority in pigeon matching-to-sample performance.

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Main Author: Brown, Michael
Language: English
Published: 1991
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