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Volume 55 Issue 1 (February 1964), Pages 1-120

MIMICRY IN MYNAS ( GRACULA RELIGIOSA ): A TEST OF MOWRER'S THEORY (pages 85-88)

Mowrer considers that talking birds will imitate only those sounds which have been associated with primary or secondary reinforcement. His theory was tested by playing whistles to two groups of myna birds, in the presence of reinforcers and in their absence. The birds mimicked the whistles equally well under each condition.

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