Positive transfer from successive reversal training to learning set in blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata)

Alan C. Kamil, Thony B. Jones, Alexandra Pietrewicz, John E. Mauldin

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Five blue jays received 160 successive reversal training (SRT) problems and were then tested on 96 learning set (LS) problems. During LS testing, SRT birds performed at higher levels than did 5 jays that had received an equivalent amount of experience on a single problem (SP), but they performed at lower levels than did 5 jays that had received 160 previous LS problems. In addition, the SP birds performed better than did naive birds that were given LS testing directly after pretraining. Analyses of the effects of the Trial 1 outcome indicated that win-stay strategy learning may have produced the SP transfer and that lose-shift learning definitely contributed to SRT transfer. Results strongly support the conclusion that the learning of a win-stay, lose-shift response strategy underlies LS performance in blue jays. (19 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1977



  • successive reversal training vs single problem experience, transfer to learning set problems, blue jays

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