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Virtual reality ant habitat

Part of the neuroethological tradition is to attempt to understand the mechanisms underpinning behaviour in an animal’s natural environment.  Ant navigation is a brilliant model system for many reasons (e.g. ease of recording behaviour and attributing motivational status) however it is still hard to capture the sensory information that the ant experienced during its navigational behaviour. One novel approach is presented in Biological Cybernetics by Basten and Mallott. They developed a VR simulation of a patch of Australian outback which had been used for behavioural experiments by Kohler and Wehner (Neurobiology of learning and memory, 2005). In VR they can then rapidly test various models of visual homing.

Kai Basten and Hanspeter A. Mallot (2010) Simulated visual homing in desert ant natural environments: efficiency of skyline cues. Biol Cyber 102,5 , 413-425

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