DELAYED-MATCHING-TO-SAMPLE BY MARSH TITS AND GREAT TITS

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Abstract

The ability of two species of tits to remember the location and/or features of an object was tested in a delayed-matching-to-sample procedure. Three values of retention interval between presentation of the sample stimulus and the choice-30 sec, 5 min, and 15 min-were used. Both species performed at above-chance level at all retention intervals, and there was no significant decline in accuracy with increasing interval. A pool of 100 stimulus objects was used, but the results of control trials indicated that the birds responded primarily to location rather than stimulus features of the object itself. Although the food-storing marsh tit tended to perform at a higher level than the non-storing great tit, the only significant difference between the species was in the first 50 trials of the first treatment, when the birds were acquiring the task. The results are discussed in relation to the hypothesized special memory capacity of food-storing birds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-47
Number of pages15
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: Section B Comparative and Physiological Psychology
Volume45B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1992

Keywords

  • FOOD-STORING BIRDS
  • DOLPHIN TURSIOPS-TRUNCATUS
  • SPATIAL MEMORY
  • COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE
  • AUDITORY MATERIALS
  • PIGEONS
  • RATS
  • SPECIALIZATION
  • INTELLIGENCE
  • RECOGNITION

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