Food versus Perceptual Complexity as Rewards for Rats Previously Subjected to Sensory Deprivation

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Science  09 Aug 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3580, pp. 518-520
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3580.518


Rats raised in darkness or in a constantly lighted white cage go to food in a T-maze if the food is located in a checkerboard goal. They do not go to food if the food is located in a visually less complex, half-black, halfwhite goal. Normally raised rats go to food regardless of the visual complexity of the goal.