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ERIC Number: EJ906786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0023-9690
The Preference for Symmetry in Flower-Naive and Not-so-Naive Bumblebees
Plowright, C. M. S.; Evans, S. A.; Leung, J. Chew; Collin, C. A.
Learning and Motivation, v42 n1 p76-83 Feb 2011
Truly flower-naive bumblebees, with no prior rewarded experience for visits on any visual patterns outside the colony, were tested for their choice of bilaterally symmetric over asymmetric patterns in a radial-arm maze. No preference for symmetry was found. Prior training with rewarded black and white disks did, however, lead to a significant preference for symmetry. The preference was not specific to symmetry along the vertical axis: a preference for horizontal symmetry was found as well. The results challenge the notion that a preference for bilateral symmetry is unlearned. The preference for symmetry was the product of non-differential conditioning. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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