Thursday, 19 September 2013

Monet Picasso and Pigeons

I know what you are thinking.  What have these in common.  Well, I came across this interesting article.  Tell me what you think.

As an owner of a pigeon I know that my bird knows where everything is, what time it is and what is expected to happen next.  He is the most intelligent bird I have ever had, and I have and have had many.

Pigeons successfully learned to discriminate color slides of paintings by Monet and Picasso. Following this training, they discriminated novel paintings by Monet and Picasso that had never been presented during the discrimination training. Furthermore, they showed generalization from Monet's to Cezanne's and Renoir's paintings or from Picasso's to Braque's and Matisse's paintings. These results suggest that pigeons' behavior can be controlled by complex visual stimuli in ways that suggest categorization. Upside-down images of Monet's paintings disrupted the discrimination, whereas inverted images of Picasso's did not. This result may indicate that the pigeons' behavior was controlled by objects depicted in impressionists' paintings but was not controlled by objects in cubists' paintings.

Owning a pigeon, I happen to believe this is true.  But am curious as to what others think.

Here is the original link where I took a small excerpt.  You may like to read more!

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1334394/

Happy Weekend To All! :)




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