The learning of basic-level categories by pigeons: The prototype effect, attention, and effects of categorization

@article{Jitsumori2011TheLO,
  title={The learning of basic-level categories by pigeons: The prototype effect, attention, and effects of categorization},
  author={Masako Jitsumori and Midori Ohkita and Tomokazu Ushitani},
  journal={Learning & Behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={39},
  pages={271-287}
}
Pigeons were trained to classify composite faces of two categories created by mimicking the structure of basic-level categories, with each face consisting of an item-specific component and a common component diagnostic for its category. Classification accuracy increased as the proportion of common components increased, regardless of familiar and novel item-specific components, with the best discrimination occurring at untrained original faces used as the common components. A no-categorization… CONTINUE READING
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