Impact of space configuration on route choices in humans and rats

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serval:BIB_0FA618FBF0E7
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A part of a book
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Chapter: chapter ou part
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Title
Impact of space configuration on route choices in humans and rats
Title of the book
Comparer ou prédire: Exemples de recherches en psychologie comparative aujourd'hui
Author(s)
Rossier J., Grobéty M.-C., Spreng M., Schenk F.
Publisher
Fribourg: Éditions Universitaires
Address of publication
Fribourg
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2000
Editor
Thommen E., Kilcher H.
Pages
37-52
Language
french
Notes
Route choices during exploration of a complex maze shape were studied in humans and rats. For that purpose we designed a maze, the tree-maze, where subjects had to make two successive route choices. Different configurations of the maze were used in order to study the impact of the configuration in both species. A paper draw-through version of the task was also used with humans. Results of humans in the real version and in the paper draw-through version were very consistent. Humans and rats share a preference for following a straight path direction. Both species express a similar turning bias toward the right. The configuration had an impact on the choices of both species, but the general travelling directions, which was straight for humans and more to the right for rats, were different. Comparison between humans and rats remains difficult. Indeed, the stress induced by the situation was certainly different for both species. Nevertheless, the tree-maze seems to be a useful tool for studying route choices in different species.
Keywords
Exploratory behavior, space perception, spatial behavior, spontaneous alternation behavior, rats, humans
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20/08/2019 12:36
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