International Conference on Comparative Cognition

The International Conference
on Comparative Cognition

March 23 to March 26, 1995


All meetings and receptions held in the Penthouse of the Melbourne Oceanfront Holiday Inn.

March 23, 1995, Thursday afternoon, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Welcome reception

Thursday evening, 7:30 PM - 9:40 PM

Spoken Posters, 7:30 PM - 9:05 PM

  • M. Spetch, University of Alberta. Comparative studies of landmark use I: Pigeons and adult humans.
  • S. MacDonald, York University. Comparative studies of landmark use II: Marmoset monkeys and children.
  • R. Thompson, Franklin & Marshall University, D. Oden, La Salle University, & S. Boysen, Ohio State University. Matching of relations-about-relations by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) without "language training."
  • S. Boysen, Ohio State University. Quality judgments by chimpanzees: perceptual or motivational constraints?
  • Discussion
  • L. Brownlie & A. Olthof, University of Western Ontario, M. Njegovan & R. Weisman, Queen's University. Classifying the durations of auditory stimuli in songbirds and humans.
  • S. Shackleton & S. Hulse, Johns Hopkins University. Pitch perception by starlings.
  • J. Steirn & J. Weaver, Georgia Southern University. Discrimination among commonly coded stimuli: A preliminary study.
  • W. Roberts, T. Macuda, & A. Olthof, University of Western Ontario. Evidence for equivalence sets in rat spatial memory.
  • Discussion
  • R. Brush & C. Gendron, Purdue University. Genetics of avoidance learning, effects of chlordiazepoxide and development of inhibition of delay.
  • R. Mehiel, Shippensburg University. Just a taste of a good thing reduces fear.
  • A. Baker & Robin Murphy, McGill University. Blocking with two independent blockers.
  • S. Young, University of Vermont, & M. Fanselow, University of California, Los Angeles. Context preexposure facilitates contextual fear conditioning and context discriminability.
  • Discussion
  • R. Burns, Southeast Missouri State University. Evidence for enumeration in rats with a procedure that precludes serial subitizing.
  • C. Flaherty, C. Coppotelli & C. Mitchell, Rutgers University. Do rats compare value?
  • D. Koenig, Thomas Cooley Law School. Comparative Cognition vs. the Animal Rights Terrorists: Legal Directions from the Courts.
  • Discussion
  • Break

Review, Thursday evening 9:10 PM - 9:40 PM

  • K. Swartz, Lehman College. Theories of mind in monkeys and apes: What is the evidence?

March 24, 1995, Friday afternoon, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Vision and Hearing

  • S. Hulse, Johns Hopkins. Auditory stream segregation by song birds.
  • R. Weisman, M. Njegovan, K. Laird, & L. Tomilson, Queen's University. Pitch range categorization in songbirds and humans.
  • P. Blough, Brown University. Predicting target identity during visual search.
  • R. Cook, B. Cavoto, & J. Katz, Tufts University. Visual cognition in the pigeon.
  • W. Honig, Dalhousie University. Discrimination of emergent properties of complex arrays using the "touch screen" procedure.

Outcome Expectancies and Coding Processes

  • A. Delamater, CUNY-Brooklyn College. Outcome-mediated generalization.
  • A. Santi, J. Symons, & L. Stanford, Wilfried Laurier University. Discriminal distance analysis of many-to- one matching with temporal and spatial samples.
  • P. Urcuioli, Purdue University. Some "unexpected" effects of differential outcome expectancies.

March 25, 1995, Saturday afternoon 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Social Learning

  • T. Zentall, J. Sutton & L. Sherburne, University of Kentucky. Social learning in animals: Definitions methodology and mechanisms
  • B. Moore, Dalhousie University. The evolution of imitative learning.

Concepts, Memory, and Decision Processes

  • M. Rilling, Michigan State University. The folly of literal metaphors: The rise and fall of James McConnell's memory transfer paradigm.
  • M. Bouton, University of Vermont. Animal cognition in animal conditioning.
  • D. Blough, Brown University. Error factors in pigeon discrimination and memory.
  • E. Fantino, University of California, San Diego. Adventures in decision-making.
  • E. Wasserman, University of Iowa. Peristeronic cognition: Basic, superordinate, and abstract concepts in pigeons.

Reception, 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM.

March 26, 1995, Sunday morning, 9:00 AM - 12:10 noon. Time, Space, and Serial Order

  • R. Miller, R. Cole & J. Denniston, SUNY-Binghamton. The temporal coding hypothesis.
  • R. Church, H. Broadbent, Y. Mausik, & J. Crystal, Brown University. Multiple-oscillator models of timing.
  • D. Wilkie, University of British Columbia. Time-place learning: Data and theory.
  • S. Fountain, Kent State University, J. Rowan, Wesleyan College & S. Krauchunas, Kent State University. Serial pattern learning in rodents: Are mice "little rats"?
  • J. Cohen, University of Windsor, R. Bradley, University of Windsor, S. Pardy, University of Windsor, & C. Quaglai, Wayne State University. Effects of food preference on rats' performance in the radial maze: Patches vs. "chunks".
  • D. MacEwen, Mary Washington College. Sex differences in cognitive maps?


  • S. Chase, City University of New York.
  • A. Droungas, University of Pennsylvania.
  • G. Fetterman, Indiana & Purdue Universities-Indianapolis.
  • T. Gentner, Johns Hopkins University.
  • E. Heinemann, Hunter College-CUNY.
  • M. Njegovan, Queen's University.
  • N. Spear, SUNY-Binghamton.
  • F. Stollnitz, National Science Foundation.
  • C. Sturdy, Queen's University.
  • J. Rowan, Wesleyan College.