Inference of serial order in students

Ida, Masashi (Tokiwa University, Mito, JAPAN)


Presented at the XXVII International Congress of Psychology

(Stockholm, Sweden, 23-28 July 2000)

International Journal of Psychology, 35, Abstracts of the XXVII International Congress of Psychology, p. 449 (51626.06)


Previous studies in transitive inference using pigeons and humans following conditional discrimination training (sets of A>B, B>C, ...) showed similar tendencies in their correct response rate and/or decision time. In this experiment, university students were trained in serial learning task using five stimuli presented in sequence (A->B->C->,...) and then tested with combinations of pairs and triads. Decision time showed a symbolic distance effect. These studies indicate that humans and pigeons have functional similarity of representation of serial order.