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Anna Elisabeth Schnell, Gert Van den Bergh, Ben Vermaercke, Kim Gijbels, Christophe Bossens, Hans Op de Beeck; Face categorization and behavioral templates in rats. Journal of Vision 2019;19(14):9. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/19.14.9.
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Rodents have become a popular model in vision science. It is still unclear how vision in rodents relates to primate vision when it comes to complex visual tasks. Here we report on the results of training rats in a face-categorization and generalization task. Additionally, the Bubbles paradigm is used to determine the behavioral templates of the animals. We found that rats are capable of face categorization and can generalize to previously unseen exemplars. Performance is affected—but remains above chance—by stimulus modifications such as upside-down and contrast-inverted stimuli. The behavioral templates of the rats overlap with a pixel-based template, with a bias toward the upper left parts of the stimuli. Together, these findings significantly expand the evidence about the extent to which rats learn complex visual-categorization tasks.
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