Pigeons flexibly time or count on cue.

@article{Roberts2000PigeonsFT,
  title={Pigeons flexibly time or count on cue.},
  author={William A Roberts and Ryan Coughlin and Shelley Roberts},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2000},
  volume={11 3},
  pages={218-22}
}
In Experiment 1, pigeons were presented with a sequence of light flashes and cued to peck a key for reward either after a fixed time or after a fixed number of flashes. Curves that showed the rate of key pecking over time within trials indicated that peak rates of response were reached near the fixed time on timing-cued trials and near the fixed number of flashes on counting-cued trials. In Experiment 2, the key cue was shifted from timing to counting or from counting to timing midway through a… CONTINUE READING

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