A-not-B error

Osthaus, B. (2017) A-not-B error. In: Vonk, J. and Shackelford, T., eds. Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer. (In Press)

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Abstract

The A-not-B reaching error has been shown to exist in most non-human species tested so far. There are a few exceptions: apes (apart from orang-utans), puppies, kittens, wolves and goats. It must be taken into account that, although there is growing number of studies investigating object permanence in a wide range of species, most of them do not use specific tests to investigate the A-not-B error. In addition the methodologies vary immensely between studies. Although many studies use the basic set of tests by Uzgiris and Hunt (1989) that explore successive visible displacements, the precise set-up varies between studies and makes comparisons near impossible. It is therefore difficult to compare species with regards to the A-not-B error until a standard test with a defined number of repetitions and movements between targets is implemented.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0660 Comparative psychology. Animal and human psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Britta Osthaus
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 11:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 09:03
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16081

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