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Animal Learning & Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 369–375 | Cite as

Performance of honeybees in analogues of the rodent radial maze

  • S. Burmeister
  • P. A. Couvillon
  • M. E. Bitterman
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Abstract

The performance of individual honeybees pretrained to forage at a laboratory window was studied in three rudimentary analogues of the radial maze designed for the study of short-term spatial memory in rats. A linear arrangement of three targets was used in Experiment 1, a triangular arrangement of three targets in Experiment 2, and a rectangular arrangement of four targets in Experiment 3, with reward only for the first response to each of the targets presented on any given trial. Several systematic patterns of responding were observed, with no indication that the choices made by the animals were influenced by memory of targets recently visited.

Keywords

Radial Maze Spontaneous Alternation Chance Probability Triangular Arrangement Significant Block Effect 
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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Burmeister
    • 1
  • P. A. Couvillon
    • 1
  • M. E. Bitterman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HawaiiHonolulu

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