Psychonomic Science

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 273–274 | Cite as

Color preference shift in hungry and thirsty pigeons

  • Juan D. Delius
Animal Psychology Motivation


Spontaneous behavioral color preferences for green and blue were demonstrated in hunger and thirst motivated pigeons using an operant technique. Response preferences under thirst appeared shifted towards the shortwave end of the spectrum as compared with preferences under hunger. The possibility that this shift may be due to a motivation induced change of visual adaptation is considered.


Spectral Sensitivity Stimulus Card Visual Adaptation Herring Gull Chromatic Stimulus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan D. Delius
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyDurhamEngland

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