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Title: Does spatial navigation have a blind-spot? Visiocentrism is not enough to explain the navigational behavior comprehensively
Authors: Hohol, Mateusz
Baran, Bartosz
Krzyżowski, Michał
Francikowski, Jacek
Keywords: Geometric module; Insect studies; Multimodal integration; Spatial navigation; View-matching
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2017, Vol. 11, art. no. 154
Abstract: In this paper, we argue that the issues described arise not because of the lack of theoretical inspiration, but rather due to an insufficient understanding of the subtleties of insect behavior. In our view, implementation of the insects’ models of navigation in the explanation of the vertebrates’ spatial behavior omits some important aspects, i.e., multimodal integration. Thus, we want to ask again the initial question posed by Wystrach and Graham (2012b) pointing out that significant progress in insects’ research, which suggests that we might have had underestimated insects’ cognitive abilities (Loukola et al., 2017; Peng and Chittka, 2017). Those results demonstrated insects’ capacity to obtain abstract information from multimodal input during complex tasks. Movement through a real environment provides a variety of cues, not only visual ones, thus in the following article we argue that multimodal integration is crucial to navigation.
Description: Preparation of the manuscript was supported by the research grant 2015/19/B/HS1/03310 “Mechanisms of geometric cognition” funded by National Science Centre, Poland.
DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00154
ISSN: 1662-5153
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