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Vision Res. 2006 May;46(11):1804-15. Epub 2006 Jan 9.

XOR style tasks for testing visual object processing in monkeys.

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Brain Science Program, Box 1953, Brown University, Providence RI 02912, USA.


Using visually complex stimuli, three monkeys learned visual exclusive-or (XOR) tasks that required detecting two way visual feature conjunctions. Monkeys with passive exposure to the test images, or prior experience, were quicker to acquire an XOR style task. Training on each pairwise comparison of the stimuli to be used in an XOR task provided nearly complete transfer when stimuli became intermingled in the full XOR task. Task mastery took longer, accuracy was lower, and response times were slower for conjunction stimuli. Rotating features of the XOR stimuli did not adversely effect recognition speed or accuracy.

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