Speaker: Nathaniel Hall, M.S.
Recorded Live online- March 20, 2013
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In this talk, Nathan Hall presents research on the canine sense of smell. He describes the procedures developed to quickly train odor-discrimination in dogs, and how this procedure is used to evaluate the effects of procedural manipulations on odor-detection in dogs. He will then present data from ongoing research that evaluates the effect of how familiar a target odor is, on the acquisition of an odor discrimination. Dr. Hall describes that more familiar odors are more readily learned; however, how the odors were ‘familiarized’ is important. The effect of familiarity in their sample was the result of Pavlovian conditioning and not mere exposure to the odor. Throughout the talk, Nathan reviews basic concepts of olfaction, Pavlovian conditioning, and how Pavlovian conditioning and operant conditioning interact. The webinar concludes by indicating how the present research might be useful for the training of working odor-detecting dogs.
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