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Vision ResearchA Practical Guide to Laboratory Methods$
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Roger Carpenter and John Robson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523192

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523192.001.0001

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The behavioural analysis of animal vision

The behavioural analysis of animal vision

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(p.137) 6 The behavioural analysis of animal vision
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Vision Research
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Randolph Blake

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523192.003.0006

This chapter discusses the behavioural study techniques of animal vision. The visual consequences associated with disorders within the visual nervous system are assessed through the study of animal vision. In classical conditioning the visual stimulus (the so-called conditioned stimulus) is repeatedly paired with an unconditioned stimulus that itself reliably elicits a reflexive (i.e. unconditioned) response. In instrumental conditioning the behaviour of the animal is instrumental in determining the consequences of that behaviour. In a reflex response, the animal's behavioural reaction occurs automatically, i.e. reflexively, in response to visual stimulation. Animals can be trained to perform complex visual tasks involving detection, discrimination, visual memory, and selective attention through the usage of the conditioning regimes discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   animal vision, behavioural studies, classical conditioning, reflex response, instrumental conditioning, animal's behavioural reaction, visual tasks

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