How monkeys acquire a new way of seeing

Humphrey, Nicholas K and Keeble, Graham R (1976) How monkeys acquire a new way of seeing. [Journal (Paginated)]

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In an experiment on perceptual learning, monkeys were given the opportunity to watch on television the 'private behaviour' of another monkey (whcih did not know it was being watched). The subjects were shown monkey X for twenty sessions in a row, followed by monkey Y for twenty sessions, followed by monkey X again for twenty sessions. The subjects' 'interest' in the stimulus monkey remained roughly level within each block of twenty sessions, but increased in a step-like way at the changeover from X to Y, and again from Y to X. These results are interpreted as evidence that the subects gained little or no extra insight into the nature of private behaviour through watching the same monkey in successive sessions; the critical factor in their perceptual education was the comparison between one monkey's behaviour and another's.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:perceptual development, perceptual classification, visual exploration, monkeys
Subjects:Biology > Animal Cognition
Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Psychology > Perceptual Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:1781
Deposited By: Humphrey, Nicholas
Deposited On:30 Aug 2001
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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