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A Modified Feature Theory as an Account of Pigeon Visual Categorization

Ludwig Huber and Ulrike Aust

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition

Second edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392661
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195392661.013.0026

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 A Modified Feature Theory as an Account of Pigeon Visual Categorization

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This chapter proposes a Modified Feature Theory (MFT) as an account of visual categorization in pigeons. MFT combines elements of traditional theories of categorization but goes beyond them by also including novel aspects of feature learning like the notion of aligned and interconnected features and flexible switching between them. By covering category representations at various levels of complexity—ranging from basic low-level image statistics to the abstraction of complex targets and even representational insight—MFT is able to account for a wider variety of experimental results on pigeon visual categorization than any traditional version of feature theory.

Keywords: pigeons; visual categorization; modified feature theory

Article.  10651 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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