Goldfish learn maze

Authors: Rodriguez, F
Journal: Animal Learning & Behavior, 22 (4), 409–420
Year: 1994
Where: University of Seville, Spain

In this experiment, goldfish were able to solve a four-arm maze after a week in order to obtain food. The fish were able to navigate the whole maze by memory and also from working out which way to go from separate visual clues remembered previously. Thus the fish were able to build a complex representation of their worlds.

"Goldfish were trained to obtain food in a four-arm maze placed in a room with relevant spatial cues. ... all groups were able to solve the different tasks with high accuracy after 1 week of training ... goldfish are able to solve spatial tasks ... and to build complex spatial cognitive representations of their environment."

"The data suggest that an allocentric cognitive system works in parallel with, and can cooperate with, egocentric systems in such a way that goldfish can use the most profitable strategy in each situation."

Allocentric: this procedure was used to determine whether or not the fish could learn to go to a rewarded site solely on the basis of cues from the maze.

Egocentric: this procedure determined whether or not the fish could choose the correct arm on the basis of a specific turn response, with no cues from the maze itself.


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