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ERIC Number: EJ817337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0211-2159
Technique for Measuring Speed and Visual Motion Sensitivity in Lizards
Woo, Kevin L.; Burke, Darren
Psicologica: International Journal of Methodology and Experimental Psychology, v29 n2 p133-151 2008
Testing sensory characteristics on herpetological species has been difficult due to a range of properties related to physiology, responsiveness, performance ability, and the type of reinforcer used. Using the Jacky lizard as a model, we outline a successfully established procedure in which to test the visual sensitivity to motion characteristics. We incorporated modifications to traditional operant paradigms by using three video playback systems to deliver random-dot kinematogram motion stimuli coupled with salient computer-animated secondary reinforcers representative of biologically important appetitive stimuli. This procedure has the capacity to test other visual aspects in lizards as well as other non-human species using video playback and computer-animation techniques as experimental tools. (Contains 8 figures.)
University of Valencia. Dept. Metodologia, Facultad de Psicologia, Avda. Blasco Ibanez 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain. Tel: +34-96-386-4100; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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