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Rapid visual learning

One interesting aspect of navigation for many ants is how they fine-tune the balance between exploitation of social information, as presented by a pheromone trail, and the learning of personal information, such as visual route cues. Studies with T-mazes have shown that when there is conflict, personal cues can dominate even after only 1 trial. Here Sakiyama and Gunji investigate what behaviours during exploration can lead to rapid learning. In fact they ask what features of the first outward journey can lead to accurate first return journeys. In a complex maze with choice points and dead-ends they found that accurate choices on the first return journey depend on the experience of dead-ends on the first outwards journey. Thus performance may depend, in part, on aversive visual cues learnt during exploration.
Sakiyama, T., and Y. P. Gunji. “Garden ant homing behavior in a maze task based on local visual cues.” Insectes Sociaux (2013): 1-8.
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