Research Article: Dances as Windows into Insect Perception

Date Published: July 13, 2004

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): Lars Chittka

Abstract: Honeybees signal the location of food sources to their hive- mates using a “dancing” flight pattern. Translating these patterns, scientists learn what bees perceive.

Partial Text: Experimental psychologists working with humans have a fundamental advantage over scientists studying the behaviour of other animals. This is because human subjects can give a verbal account of their experience. For example, they can report: ‘These two lights of different colour look equally bright’ or ‘This object looks further away than that one’. Such direct reports facilitate studying how information from the sensory periphery, that is, the sense organs that actually interface with the environment, is processed in the brain.



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