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Detection of coloured stimuli by honeybees: minimum visual angles and receptor specific contrasts
The results suggest that green contrast can be utilized for target detection if target recognition has been established by means of the colour vision system.
Behavioral and neural analysis of associative learning in the honeybee: a taste from the magic well
- M. Giurfa
- Psychology, BiologyJournal of Comparative Physiology A
- 17 July 2007
The results underline the enormous richness of experience-dependent behavior in honeybees, its high flexibility, and the fact that it is possible to formalize and characterize in controlled laboratory protocols basic and higher-order cognitive processing using an insect as a model.
Conditioning procedure and color discrimination in the honeybee Apis mellifera
- M. Giurfa
- Psychology, BiologyNaturwissenschaften
- 23 April 2004
Differences in attention inculcated by these training procedures may underlie the different discrimination performances of the bees.
Aversive Learning in Honeybees Revealed by the Olfactory Conditioning of the Sting Extension Reflex
Aversive learning in honeybees can now be accessed both at the behavioral and neural levels, thus opening new research avenues for understanding basic mechanisms of learning and memory.
Colour preferences of flower-naive honeybees
- M. Giurfa, J. Núñez, L. Chittka, R. Menzel
- BiologyJournal of Comparative Physiology A
- 1 September 1995
Colour preferences of flower-naive honeybees Apis mellifera L. flying in an enclosure were tested for their colour preferences and were strongly correlated with flower colour and its associated nectar reward, as measured in 154 flower species.
The concepts of ‘sameness’ and ‘difference’ in an insect
- M. Giurfa, Shao-Wu Zhang, Arnim Jenett, R. Menzel, M. Srinivasan
- Psychology, BiologyNature
- 19 April 2001
It is shown that honeybees can form ‘sameness’ and ‘difference’ concepts, and not only can bees learn specific objects and their physical parameters, but they can also master abstract inter-relationships, such as sameness and difference.
Symmetry perception in an insect
Bees show a predisposition for learning and generalizing symmetry because, if trained to it, they choose it more frequently, come closer to and hover longer in front of the novel symmetrical stimuli than the bees trained for asymmetry do for the novel asymmetrical stimuli.
Invertebrate learning and memory: Fifty years of olfactory conditioning of the proboscis extension response in honeybees.
It is shown that olfactory PER conditioning has become a versatile tool for the study of questions in extremely diverse fields in addition to the studyof learning and memory and that it has allowed behavioral characterizations, not only of honeybees, but also of other insect species, for which the protocol was adapted.
Neural representation of olfactory mixtures in the honeybee antennal lobe
- N. Deisig, M. Giurfa, H. Lachnit, J. Sandoz
- BiologyThe European journal of neuroscience
- 1 August 2006
Although a gain control system in the honeybee antennal lobe prevents saturation of the olfactory system, mixture representation follows essentially elemental rules.
Pattern learning by honeybees: conditioning procedure and recognition strategy
- M. Giurfa, M. Hammer, S. Stach, N. Stollhoff, Nina MÜLLER-DEISIG, C. Mizyrycki
- Psychology, BiologyAnimal Behaviour
- 1 February 1999
Honeybees trained with differential conditioning learned not only the features of the reinforced stimulus in an excitatory way, but also those of the nonreinforced one in an inhibitory way, which may reflect that existing between a conditioned and an incidental behavioural modification.