Cognitive Processes of Nonhuman Primates by Leonard E. Jarrard

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B. Effects o f medial temporal lesions o n visual discrimination performance. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 1965, 60, 175-181. C o w e y , Α . , & Gross, C . G . Effects o f foveal prestriate and inferotemporal lesions o n visual discrimination b y rhesus monkeys. Experimental Brain Research, 1970, 11, 128-144. C o w e y , Α . , & Weiskrantz, L. A comparison o f the effects o f inferotemporal and striate cortex lesions o n the visual behaviour o f rhesus monkeys. Quarterly Journal of Experi­ mental Psychology, 1967, 19, 246-253.

Each w o r d is a piece o f plastic, varying in size, shape, c o l o r , and t e x t u r e , that is metal-backed and capable o f adhering to a magnetized board (see Fig. 1). T h e r e are no systematic relations between properties o f the w o r d s and F I G . 1. Each w o r d is a piece o f plastic varying in color, shape, size and texture. T h e pieces are metal-backed and adhere t o a magnetized slate. Sentences are written o n the vertical. ) 50 D. P R E M A C K their meanings. T h u s , the w o r d f o r apple is a small, blue triangle; the names o f colors are n o t themselves c o l o r e d ; the names o f shapes d o n o t have the shape o f their referent.

Paradoxical­ l y , in fact, patients, having received w h o l e w o r d s during learning, d o better in retrieving them w h e n given partial information about them than w h e n t h e y are given the whole w o r d in a recognition task! What can one make o f all this? What does the partial information have that other methods d o not? T h e critical Warrington and me is this: the partial method difference that impresses D r . information may be partial but it is relatively unambiguous in the sense that, w i t h i n limits, it either does or does not match the remembered item to be identified.

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