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Further evidence that rats rely on local rather than global spatial information to locate a hidden goal: reply to Cheng and Gallistel (2005).

McGregor, Anthony and JONES, Peter M and Good, Mark A and Pearce, John M (2006) Further evidence that rats rely on local rather than global spatial information to locate a hidden goal: reply to Cheng and Gallistel (2005). Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 32 (3). pp. 314-21. ISSN 0097-7403

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Naive male Hooded Lister rats (Rattus norvegicus) were required to find a submerged platform in a right-angled corner between a long and a short wall of a pool in the shape of an irregular pentagon. Tests in a rectangular pool revealed a preference for the corners that corresponded with the correct corner in the pentagon. These findings indicate that rats identified the correct corner in the pentagon by local cues. They contradict the suggestion that rats navigate by moving in a particular direction relative to the principal axis of the shape of their environment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Peter JONES
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2013 19:06
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 19:06
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/342

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