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Ants resort to heuristics when facing relational-learning tasks they cannot solve

Oberhauser, F. B. ; Koch, A. ; De Agrò, M. ; Rex, K. ; Czaczkes, T. J.


We humans sort the world around us into conceptual groups, such as 'the same' or 'different', which facilitates many cognitive tasks. Applying such abstract concepts can improve problem-solving success and is therefore worth the cognitive investment. In this study, we investigated whether ants (Lasius niger) can learn the relational rule of 'the same' or 'different' by training them in an odour ...


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