Teaching in tandem-running ants

  title={Teaching in tandem-running ants},
  author={N. Franks and Tom Richardson},
  • N. Franks, Tom Richardson
  • Published 2006
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The ant Temnothorax albipennis uses a technique known as tandem running to lead another ant from the nest to food —with signals between the two ants controlling both the speed and course of the run. Here we analyse the results of this communication and show that tandem running is an example of teaching, to our knowledge the first in a non-human animal, that involves bidirectional feedback between teacher and pupil. This behaviour indicates that it could be the value of information, rather than… CONTINUE READING
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