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Spatial Cognition: From Rat-Research to Multifunctional Spatial Assistance Systems

  title={Spatial Cognition: From Rat-Research to Multifunctional Spatial Assistance Systems},
  author={Markus Knauff and Christoph Schlieder and Christian Freksa},
  journal={K{\"u}nstliche Intell.},
In 1948, the psychologist Edward Tolman described experiments in which rats were trained to follow a path through a complex maze to reach a food box. After the rats performed perfectly (chose the shortest way to reach the goal), the trained path was blocked; the rats had to select another path from a variety of alternatives. Astonishingly, most of the rats found a path that was close to the most direct connection to the food box, whereas not a single rat erroneously tried to follow the original… 

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