Visual search in the pigeon: hunt and peck method.


Pigeons pecked at small forms displayed on an oscilloscope screen under computer control. The birds were required to find a small o amid varying numbers of x forms. A photocell glued to the bird's beak provided a signal to the computer when the beak approached a form, and the computer recorded the time and target of the response. As in some similar studies with human subjects, erros and reaction times increased with number of x forms displayed. The method appears promising for further studies of search and of other processes related to perception and information-processing in birds.

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@article{Blough1977VisualSI, title={Visual search in the pigeon: hunt and peck method.}, author={Donald S. Blough}, journal={Science}, year={1977}, volume={196 4293}, pages={1013-4} }