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Do ants live in the now?

Modelling shows that it would be possible to produce robust visually guided routes with a relatively unstructured visual memory. At each point during route recapitulation, an agent could simply assess which potential direction is the most familiar, given previous visual experience.  This is an attractive idea because of its simplicity. However, recent behavioural studies suggest a more nuanced use of visual memories. In this commentary, we review the experiments of Collett (2014) and Wystrach et al (2013) and consider how this changes the up-to-date view of visual navigation.

Paul Graham and Michael Mangan (2015) Insect navigation: do ants live in the now? J Exp Biol 218:819-823. doi:10.1242/jeb.065409
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