2 articles published in JoVE
Operant Conditioning Task to Measure Song Preference in Zebra Finches Melissa J. Coleman1, David Saxon1, Anastasia Robbins1, Natalie Lillie1, Nancy F. Day2 1W.M. Keck Science Department, Claremont McKenna College – Pitzer College – Scripps College, 2Department of Psychology, Whitman College We describe a technique to evaluate song preference in zebra finches. Females are placed in a two-chambered cage and song preference is measured by the number of times she triggers the playback of one song by landing on a perch within one chamber, compared with triggering a different song in the second chamber. Perch landings are counted using infrared sensors.
A Method for Investigating Change Blindness in Pigeons (Columba Livia) Walter T. Herbranson1 1Department of Psychology, Whitman College Change blindness is a phenomenon of visual attention, whereby changes to a visual display go unnoticed under certain specific circumstances. This protocol describes a variation on the flicker paradigm for investigating change blindness that is appropriate and effective for research with pigeons.