Path integration in dogs

  title={Path integration in dogs},
  author={Val{\'e}rie S{\'e}guinot and Jennifer Cattet and Simon Benhamou},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
We studied path integration in dogs, Canis familiaris, required to return to the starting point of L-shaped outward paths in the absence of landmark information. The analysis of the distributions of errors in the return direction and distance showed that the dogs made both systematic and random errors. They tended to overestimate by about 6 degrees the amount of turning required at the end of the outward path to take the correct return direction. Random angular errors were characterized by a… 
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  • R. Maurer
  • Psychology, Biology
  • 1998
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