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    The effects of overtraining in the Morris water maze on allocentric and egocentric learning strategies in rats


    Kealy, John and Diviney, Mairead and Kehoe, Elizabeth and McGonagle, Vanessa and O'Shea, Adrienne and Harvey, Deirdre and Commins, Sean (2008) The effects of overtraining in the Morris water maze on allocentric and egocentric learning strategies in rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 192 (2). pp. 259-263. ISSN 0166-4328

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    Abstract

    Animals can use both allocentric and egocentric strategies to learn a spatial task. Our results suggest that allocentric cues are more dominant than idiothetic cues in guiding navigation. Animals do not necessarily learn an egocentric strategy automatically, instead they probably hold just one solution to any particular task at a time until forced to learn an alternative strategy. Further, with overtraining animals do not always switch from allocentric to an egocentric learning strategy perhaps challenging suggestions of a stored hierarchy of strategies.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Egocentric; Allocentric; Spatial navigation; Water maze;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10714
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2008.04.009
    Depositing User: Dr. Sean Commins
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 14:26
    Journal or Publication Title: Behavioural Brain Research
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
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