Factors in the reasoning performance of the rat

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4 experiments, investigating the performance of a total of 25 male Long-Evans hooded rats on the Maier 3-table reasoning task, demonstrated that the reasoning solution did not depend on either stimuli associated with the apparatus (olfactory and tactile) or internal spatial orientation cues (vestibular) to the locus of the food. The exploratory experience was critical for performance, and it is suggested that the reasoning solution involved the integration of separate past experiences rather than merely being a response to some specific cue in the situation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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