Figure-ground assignment in pigeons: evidence for a figural benefit.

  title={Figure-ground assignment in pigeons: evidence for a figural benefit.},
  author={Olga F. Lazareva and Leyre Castro and Shaun Vecera and Edward A. Wasserman},
  journal={Perception & psychophysics},
  volume={68 5},
Four pigeons discriminated whether a target spot appeared on a colored figural shape or on a differently colored background by first pecking the target and then reporting its location: on the figure or the background. We recorded three dependent variables: target detection time, choice response time, and choice accuracy. The birds were faster to detect the target, to report its location, and to learn the correct response on figure trials than on background trials. Later tests suggested that the… CONTINUE READING

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