The effects of fixed-ratio sample requirements on matching to sample in the pigeon

Robert A. Sacks, Alan C. Kamil, Richard Mack

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Eight Carneaux pigeons were trained on a zero-delay matching-to-sample task in which 1, 10, 20, or 40 responses were required to the sample before presentation of the comparison stimuli. The results indicated increased speed of acquisition as a direct function of the FR sample requirement. In addition, increasing the number of required sample responses facilitated performance in both delayed matching and in a transfer task in which novel stimuli were introduced. These results are discussed in terms of the strengthening of mediating events associated with each sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-292
Number of pages2
JournalPsychonomic Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1972
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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