Lateralization of visual learning in the honeybee

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Letzkus, Pinar ; Boeddeker, Norbert ; Wood, Jeff T ; Zhang, Shao-Wu ; Srinivasan, Mandyam V (2007)
  • Publisher: The Royal Society
  • Journal: (issn: 1744-9561 1744-957X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0466
  • Subject: Reward | Visual Perception | Research Article | Color | Functional Laterality | Learning | Animals | Behavior
    • ddc: ddc:570
    mesheuropmc: genetic structures

Lateralization is a well-described phenomenon in humans and other vertebrates and there are interesting parallels across a variety of different vertebrate species. However, there are only a few studies of lateralization in invertebrates. In a recent report, we showed lateralization of olfactory learning in the honeybee (Apis mellifera). Here, we investigate lateralization of another sensory modality, vision. By training honeybees on a modified version of a visual proboscis extension reflex task, we find that bees learn a colour stimulus better with their right eye.
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