Inhibitory conditioning in honeybees

Q J Exp Psychol B. 2003 Nov;56(4):359-70. doi: 10.1080/02724990244000313.


Honeybees were rewarded with sucrose solution for choosing AX(a grey target, X, labelled with a distinctive stimulus, A) rather than ABX (a grey target labelled both with A and with another distinctive stimulus, B)-AX+/ABX- training. Tests of independent groups made after such training showed a clear preference not only for AX over ABX, but also for ABX over BX, and for X over BX. These experiments, along with some earlier ones to which they bring a new perspective, provide persuasive evidence, previously lacking, of inhibitory conditioning in honeybees.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bees
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Conditioning, Psychological*
  • Inhibition, Psychological*