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The map debate

The most recent experimental paper pertaining to the long running debate about cognitive maps in bees came recently from Cheeseman et al. <http://wp.me/pFSBM-bb&gt;. The debate continues with a response (and counter response) in the Letters section of PNAS. The crux of the response is that if visual information is available such that a bee can localise itself within a map, then sufficient visual information is also available for other, simpler navigation strategies.  Of course the debate continues … …

Cheung, A., Collett, M., Collett, T. S., Dewar, A., Dyer, F., Graham, P., Mangan, M., Narendra, A., Philippides, A., Stürzl, W., Webb, B., Wystrach, A., Zeil, J. 2014 Still no convincing evidence for cognitive map use by honeybees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. online only, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1413581111 Cheung8 2014

Cheeseman, J. F., Millar, C. D., Greggers, U., Lehmann, K., Pawley, M. D. M., Gallistel, C. R., Warman, G. R., Menzel, R. 2014 Reply to Cheung et al.: The cognitive map hypothesis remains the best interpretation of the data in honeybee navigation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.online only, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1415738111 Cheeseman2 2014

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