Discriminating parts from the whole: determinants of odor mixture perception in squirrel monkeys, Saimiri sciureus

@article{Laska1993DiscriminatingPF,
  title={Discriminating parts from the whole: determinants of odor mixture perception in squirrel monkeys, Saimiri sciureus},
  author={Matthias Laska and Robyn Hudson},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={1993},
  volume={173},
  pages={249-256}
}
In a task designed to simulate olfactory-guided foraging, the ability of squirrel monkeys to discriminate an artificial 12-component odorant from 3-, 6-, 9- or 11- component submixtures was investigated. A combination of factors was found to contribute to the animals' performance: 1. Discriminability generally decreased as the number of components in the submixture increased. 2 Submixtures did not contribute equally to mixture perception, and one component in particular (cineole… CONTINUE READING