Do insects feel pain? — A biological view

  title={Do insects feel pain? — A biological view},
  author={C. Eisemann and W. K. Jorgensen and D. Merritt and M. J. Rice and B. Cribb and P. Webb and M. P. Zalucki},
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Inhibition of pain or response to injury in invertebrates and vertebrates
It is argued that enduring sexual cannibalism is not good evidence of insentience in insects, because the actions of both feeding and mating can suppress the expression of responses to pain or injury in many species, vertebrate and invertebrate. Expand
Insect consciousness: Commitments, conflicts and consequences
Key's (2016) arguments against the view that fish feel pain can be shown to be fallacious by considering some damage-related behaviors in invertebrates. Pain may have different neural bases inExpand
Cyborg insects: use or abuse?
Perceptions of Whether Insects Experience Pain • Insects are widely used in research, in the food industry, and in art, entertainment and fashion. Another recent use of insects involves integratingExpand
Behavioural indicators of pain in crustacean decapods.
  • F. Gherardi
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annali dell'Istituto superiore di sanita
  • 2009
The author discusses some examples, extracted from the literature on crustacean decapods, that pinpoint their nature of "sentient" animals, and shows that research is still scanty in the field. Expand
Is it pain if it does not hurt? On the unlikelihood of insect pain
Whether insects (Insecta) have the subjective experience of pain is difficult to answer. Recent work in humans demonstrated that the experience of pain occurs due to the activation of a “painExpand
Studying emotion in invertebrates: what has been done, what can be measured and what they can provide
The increasing evidence that invertebrate display some form of emotion is reviewed, the various methods used for assessing emotions in invertebrates are discussed and their utility is discussed with respect to the evolution and neurobiology of emotion. Expand
What if Klein & Barron are right about insect sentience?
If Klein & Barron are right, then insects may well be able to feel pain. If they can, then the standard approach to animal ethics generates some implausible results. Philosophers need to developExpand
Defining and assessing animal pain
The detection and assessment of pain in animals is crucial to improving their welfare in a variety of contexts in which humans are ethically or legally bound to do so. Thus clear standards to judgeExpand
On the possibility of invertebrate sentience
It is argued persuasively that, given currently available evidence, it is unwarranted to rule out that invertebrates are sentient and worthy of moral consideration, and the precondition for having interests is sentience. Expand
Are insects sentient
I comment on the methodology used by Klein & Barron for dealing with the question of insect sentience and I briefly make a proposal of my own. Once it is granted that insects are sentient, a furtherExpand


Learning and Memory in Insects
The author has adopted Kimble's defini­ tion of learning as being any relatively permanent change in behavior which occurs as a result of practice, which enables us to distinguish changes in behavior attributable to learning from certain other kinds of behavior change which are not uStIally so regarded. Expand
An Introduction to Nervous Systems
  • Bruce R. Johnson
  • Engineering, Biology
  • Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education
  • 2007
Ralph Greenspan’s “An Introduction to Nervous Systems” is addressed as a resource for teaching undergraduate neuroscience, and ionic mechanisms responsible for the electrical excitability that underlies environmental sensing and movement are evolutionarily ancient. Expand
Cellular Mechanisms Underlying Behavior*—Neuroethology
Comparable experiments in the case of terrestrial insects are being attempted in the study of locomotion, both of flight and walking, and of singing in crickets, and the extent to which these experiments are being successful is considered in this chapter. Expand
Neural and Neurochemical Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition*
Attention is focused on studies of stimulation-produced analgesia, the underlying anatomy and physiology of endogenous analgesia systems elucidated by such work, and the relation of these findings to discoveries about opiate receptors and opioid peptides. Expand
The Insect Mind: Physics or Metaphysics?
When we attempt to infer from an animal’s overt behavior whether its brain might be thinking or merely computing, a variety of intuitively suggestive lines of evidence become unreliable. ManyExpand
Learning in an isolated prothoracic insect ganglion
The results showed that long-term generalized excitability changes could occur from the effects of the shock on the peripheral neuromuscular apparatus itself and showed none of the complexity seen in those with an intact isolated prothoracic ganglion. Expand
Immunohistochemical investigations of neuropeptides in the brain, corpora cardiaca, and corpora allata of an adult lepidopteran insect, Manduca sexta (L)
SummaryIn the brain of adult specimens of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta (L), cells immunoreactive for several kinds of neuropeptides were localized by means of the PAP procedure, by use ofExpand
High affinity binding of an enkephalin analog in the cerebral ganglion of the insect Leucophaea maderae (Blattaria).
The results strongly suggest the presence, in this invertebrate, of opiate receptors that appear to be confined to certain areas of the nervous tissue. Expand
High affinity binding of an enkephalin analog in the cerebral ganglion of the insectLeucophaea maderae (Blattaria)
The results strongly suggest the presence of opiate receptors that appear to be confined to certain areas of the nervous tissue in the cerebral ganglia of adults and nymphs of the insect Leucophaea. Expand
Learning of Leg Position by Headless Insects
There is a high degree of local control of the posture and responses of the legs by the corresponding segmental ganglia; therefore not all details of the proprioceptive control of leg position need ascend to the brain. Expand