Blocking in landmark-based search in honeybees

K. Cheng*, M. L. Spetch

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    Two experiments tested blocking in landmark-based search in honeybees. Honeybees in the experimental group were trained in Phase 1 with a single landmark in a constant spatial relation to the target (sugar water). In the compound training second phase, the landmark used in Phase 1 (blocking landmark) and a new landmark (blocked landmark) were presented at constant spatial relations to the target. The blocking and blocked landmarks differed from each other in color and position, and the blocking landmark retained the same spatial relationship to the target as in Phase 1. In Experiment 1, the control group experienced only Phase 2 training with two landmarks. In Experiment 2, the control group was trained with a different landmark in a different position in Phase 1. Blocking was found in both cases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalAnimal Learning and Behavior
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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