Place Versus Response Learning
- Place learning
A form of spatial learning reflecting the acquisition and knowledge of an object/location’s actual position in space, relative to a constellation of other visual cues.
- Response learning
A form of spatial learning reflecting the acquisition of a habitual response used to navigate to a location that does not reflect knowledge of a place based on surrounding cues.
Animals use a remarkable variety of methods to navigate their environments. Experimental psychologists have traditionally focused on how spatial relations between visual cues in the environment (landmarks, beacons, etc.) are acquired and whether these relations integrate together or compete for control over an animal’s navigation. Early experiments trained animals to navigate a variety of mazes often aided by visual cues that bore a consistent spatial relationship to the goal (i.e., the end of the maze, often baited with food). By varying the position of visual cues surrounding the animal...
KeywordsAcquisition Operant conditioning Pavlovian conditioning Reinforcement Hippocampus Sign tracking
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