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How is learning shaped by the visual environment?

It is well known that ants, bees and wasps have specific stereotyped behaviours that are produced when leaving their nest as naive foragers, in the morning or when the appearance of the world has changed. These learning flights/walks are clearly influenced by the visual environment but general relationships between the form of learning flights/walks and visual environment are hard to elucidate. In this paper, Dewar et al. investigate how learning-walk form, visual surroundings and the interaction between the two affect homing performance in a range of virtual worlds when using a simple view-based homing algorithm. It seems that ideal learning walk form varies as a function of visual world with objects at different distances driving the characteristics of learning walks to varying degrees.

This work, where naturalistic VR worlds are used for high throughput testing of navigational algorithms, highlights the potential for in silico investigations of conceptual ideas.

Dewar, A. D., Philippides, A., & Graham, P. (2014). What is the relationship between visual environment and the form of ant learning-walks? An in silico investigation of insect navigation. Adaptive Behavior, 1059712313516132.
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