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Path Integration on a track-ball

Across many areas of neuroscience and neuroethology, track balls have been used to allow close inspection of behaviour in animals that think they are freely-moving. This paper shows a really elegant solution for ants. Using a tether that allows the ant to rotate, then allows ants to perform naturalistic path integration with accurate direction, length and search phases. This techniques is going to be crucial in the fine-study of navigation behaviours.
Hansjürgen Dahmen, Verena L. Wahl, Sarah E. Pfeffer, Hanspeter A. Mallot, and Matthias Wittlinger (2017) Naturalistic path integration of Cataglyphis desert ants on an air-cushioned lightweight spherical treadmill. J Exp Biol 2017 220:634-644. doi:10.1242/jeb.148213
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