Visual working memory in decision making by honey bees

Zhang, SW, Bock, F, Si, A, Tautz, J and Srinivasan, MV (2005) Visual working memory in decision making by honey bees. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 102 14: 5250-5255. doi:10.1073/pnas.0501440102

Author Zhang, SW
Bock, F
Si, A
Tautz, J
Srinivasan, MV
Title Visual working memory in decision making by honey bees
Journal name Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0027-8424
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1073/pnas.0501440102
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 102
Issue 14
Start page 5250
End page 5255
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington
Publisher Natl Acad Sciences
Language eng
Subject 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
170205 Neurocognitive Patterns and Neural Networks
Abstract The robustness and plasticity of working memory were investigated in honey bees by using a delayed matching-to-sample (DMTS) paradigm. The findings are summarized as follows: first, performance in the DMTS task decreases as the duration between the presentation of the sample stimulus and the presentation of the comparison stimuli is increased. This decrease is well approximated by an exponential decay function. Performance is significantly better than random-choice level even at delays as long as 5 sec and is reduced to random-choice levels at an average delay time of 8.68 0.06 sec. Second, when the DMTS task involves two samples (one relevant, the other irrelevant), bees can be trained to learn to use the relevant sample to perform the task if (i) the relevant sample is always at a fixed position, or (h) the relevant sample always has the same place in the sequence of presentation (always first or always second). Bees that have learned to use the relevant sample and to ignore the irrelevant sample can generalize this learning, and apply it to novel sets of sample and comparison stimuli that they have never previously encountered. The findings point to a remarkably robust, and yet plastic, working memory in the honey bee.
Keyword Multidisciplinary Sciences
honey bee learning
Q-Index Code C1
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