Conceptualization of relative size by honeybees

Aurore Avargues-Weber, Daniele D'Amaro, Marita Metzler, Adrian Geoffrey Dyer

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Abstract

The ability to process visual information using relational rules allows for decisions independent of the specific physical attributes of individual stimuli. Until recently, the manipulation of relational concepts was considered as a prerogative of large mammalian brains. Here we show that individual free flying honeybees can learn to use size relationship rules to choose either the larger or smaller stimulus as the correct solution in a given context, and subsequently apply the learnt rule to novel colors and shapes providing that there is sufficient input to the long wavelength (green) photoreceptor channel. Our results add a novel, size-based conceptual rule to the set of relational concepts that honeybees have been shown to master and underline the value of bees as an animal model for studying the emergence of conceptualization abilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 8
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Volume8
Issue number80
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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