2001 年 19 巻 2 号 p. 101-107
Preexposure to stimuli facilitates performance of subsequent discrimination training with these stimuli, when the discrimination task is relatively difficult for animals. This perceptual learning effect indicates that the animals incidentally learn the natures of the preexposed stimuli. This paper gives a brief tutorial review on classical and recent studies of perceptual learning in animals. We also discussed some applications of the perceptual learning studies with animals to human cognitive studies such as other-race effect in face recognition.