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TitleAn assessment of response, direction and place learning by rats in a water t-maze
AuthorWhyte, Jacqueline T. (Jacqueline Theresa)
DescriptionThesis (M.Sc.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009. Psychology
Date2009
Paginationv, 33 leaves : ill.
SubjectMaze tests; Rats--Behavior; Rats--Orientation; Reaction time; Spatial behavior in animals.
DegreeM.Sc.
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Psychology
DisciplinePsychology
LanguageEng
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 23-26).
AbstractBehavioural 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. I 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.
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Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera3243871
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
Scanning StatusCompleted
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