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Local vectors not “obvious” beacons

I imagine that everybody has a story about a particular experiment where the animals didn’t  do the  thing that was expected. Well, this paper shows how nice discoveries  can still come from surprising outcomes. Desert ants were provided with prominent landmark information that predicted a successful exit direction from an arena. However, this information was not exploited by the ants. Rather, the experiments demonstrated another intriguing mechanism by which ants recalled arena-exit  directions as local vectors dependent on context provided by the arena.

Legge, E.L., Spetch, M.L., & Cheng, K. (2010). Not using the obvious: desert ants, Melophorus bagoti, learn local vectors but not beacons in an arena. Animal Cognition. 13, 849-860

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