Bees merge different past experiences, form false memories

February 27, 2015 5:22 PM

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Bees merge different past experiences, form false memories

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London discovered the bees' memory lapse through series of training exercises. First, researchers trained the bees to associate a black-ringed flower with food. Bees soon only targeted this flower. After a few days, researchers changed things up, training the bees to associate food with a yellow flower. The bees obliged, now ignoring the black-ringed flowers in favor of the yellow ones.

After a few days, the scientists presented the bees with a range of flower designs and found the test subjects preferred yellow flowers accented with black rings. The bees had confused their old memories.

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