Evidence for Spatial Working Memory in Honeybees (Apis mellifera)

Spatial working memory (the ability to represent multiple locations in a flexible, dynamic manner) has been studied in a range of vertebrate species. The results of 3 experiments indicate that this ability also exists in at least one invertebrate (honeybees; Apis mellifera). Individual honeybees collected sugar solution from a matrix of 6 locations. They avoided revisits to locations previously depleted of solution more accurately than expected by chance. The results rule out several nonmemorial explanations for this ability, and it is therefore best explained by a spatial working memory system that allows discrimination of previously visited locations from those not yet visited. These results substantially expand the range of species in which spatial working memory has been demonstrated. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

Main Author: Brown, Michael
Other Authors: Demas, Gregory
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 1994
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