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ERIC Number: EJ869804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0023-9690
An Assessment of Response, Direction and Place Learning by Rats in a Water T-Maze
Whyte, Jacqueline T.; Martin, Gerard M.; Skinner, Darlene M.
Learning and Motivation, v40 n4 p376-385 Nov 2009
Behavioral data suggest that distinguishable orientations may be necessary for place learning even when distal cues define different start points in the room and a unique goal location. We examined whether changes in orientation are also important in place learning and navigation in a water T-maze. In Experiment 1, rats were trained to locate a hidden platform and given a no-platform probe trial after 16 and 64 trials with the maze moved to a new position. Direction and response strategies were more prevalent than a place strategy. In Experiment 2, acquisition of place, response and direction strategies was assessed in a water T-maze that was moved between two locations during training. Rats were impaired on the place task when the maze was translated (moved to the L or R) but were successful when the maze was rotated across trials. These data are consistent with findings from appetitive tasks. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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