Training and long-term memory of a novel food acquisition task in a turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni)

  title={Training and long-term memory of a novel food acquisition task in a turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni)},
  author={Karen M. Davis and G. Burghardt},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  • Karen M. Davis, G. Burghardt
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Behavioural Processes
  • We developed a shaping procedure for training Florida red-bellied cooters, Pseudemys nelsoni, to dislodge clear plastic bottles to obtain food pellets. The animals were then trained in a 2-choice problem to choose only the bottle containing pellets. All nine turtles learned the task of knocking over bottles for food. For the discrimination task, turtles chose the correct bottle 71% on average. After 2 months (82-84 days), and again after another 7.5 months (228 days) of no interaction with the… CONTINUE READING
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