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The research was supported by the Department of Animal Behavior of The American Museum of Natural History, the Research Foundation of The City University of New York, Training Grant MH-13051 and NIMH Grant No. 1R03-MH24275-0.
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Lederhendler, I.I., Herriges, K. & Tobach, E. Taxisin Aplysia dactylomela (Rang, 1828) to water-borne stimuli from conspecifics. Animal Learning & Behavior 5, 355–358 (1977). https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03209578
- Head Orientation
- Behavioral Biology
- Final Orientation
- Stimulus Source
- Food Stimulation