Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Family and friends, Kori would like to introduce you to the amazing and talented pigeon Gilbert. Gilbert is part of Kori's experimental analysis of behavior class at SUU. Shown here in this photo, Gilbert is exploring the world of the fascinating Skinner Box. Gilbert has been assisting Korinne with various labs to study association and conditioning. Just today Kori was able to teach Gilbert that he would get food if he pecked the small black dot on the wall by his head. She did this by giving him food if he made motions toward the dot. After luring him in close he learned that a peck would trigger the magazine and boom, food magically appears. Sadly after happily enjoying his new found method of obtaining food, it was time for Korinne to learn about extinction. This means that Kori told Gilbert that everything he learned was wrong. Now the button didn't give him food and he forgot all about it. I know, I know, you're asking why isn't PETA stepping in to protect innocent animals like Gilbert. Sadly we still live in a world where unfeeling college students can exploit poor pigeons.