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Cage Size and Discrimination Tests in Birds: a Methodological Caution

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A positive correlation was found between the stability of a learned discrimination and increased cage size in canaries. In the smaller cages, the canaries failed to achieve criterion for a simple discrimination problem, while in a cage four times as large, the same canaries immediately achieved a criterion level performance. A fruitful use of operant conditioning methods requires consideration of the features of the environment important to the animal.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.

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2016-12-10

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