Multiple Cue Use in Animals

  • Author / Creator
    Legge, Eric LG
  • Animals often redundantly encode multiple cues to aid in navigation and goal localization. While encoding multiple cues can help animals navigate and localize goals, (e.g., using multiple cues can increase an animals' search accuracy and robustness), encoding multiple cues can also create problems when one or more cues become displaced. In such situations, the displaced cue(s) provide information that conflicts with other nearby cues (creating what is commonly referred to as cue conflict). Cue conflict is not uncommon in the natural world, as many animals use small, easily displaced objects as landmarks for localizing goals. As such, animals have developed a number of strategies to cope with cue conflict, and here I report four studies that investigates the use of these strategies in both pigeons (Columba livia) and desert ants (Melophrous bagoti). Overall, I report evidence that suggests both pigeons and desert ants can utilize similar strategies to resolve cue conflict, even when these strategies are complex.

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    Fall 2013
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Jeremy Caplan (Psychology)
    • Christopher Sturdy (Psychology)
    • Cynthia A Paszkowski (Biological Sciences)
    • Michael Brown (Psychology)
    • Elena Nicoladis (Psychology)