Teaching pigeons to commit base-rate neglect.

@article{Fantino2005TeachingPT,
  title={Teaching pigeons to commit base-rate neglect.},
  author={Edmund Fantino and Inna Glaz Kanevsky and Shawn R Charlton},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2005},
  volume={16 10},
  pages={820-5}
}
Whereas humans display base-rate neglect in a behavioral analogue of the base-rate problem, pigeons have been shown to behave optimally in a comparable task, appropriately weighting base-rate and case-cue information. Previous studies have shown that prior experience may interfere with optimal decisions for human subjects, a result consistent with the position that poor and illogical decisions often follow from the misapplication of learned rules. The present study shows that pigeons will also… CONTINUE READING