Ants and some other Insects - An Inquiry into the Psychic by William Morton Wheeler, Auguste Forel

By William Morton Wheeler, Auguste Forel

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7. It is also of volition, i. , the carrying out of individual decisions in a more or less protracted time-sequence, through different concatenations of instincts ; furthermore different kinds of discomfort and pleasure emotions, as well as interactions and antagonisms between these di- verse psychic powers. 8. In insect behavior the activity of the attention is one-sided and occupies a prominent place. It narrows the scope of behavior and renders the animal temporarily blind (inattentive) to other sense-impressions.

The space-image had changed and only any longer be my 27 the color and form could of service to the bees in their recognition of these objects. This experiment here among many The space, is so clear and unequivocal that others. 1. It demonstrates is mention it form, and color perceptions of the honey-bee. ). 2. The memory of the honey-bee, in particular her visual and gustatory memory. 3. 4. If Her power of associating gustatory with visual memories. Her ability instinctively to draw inferences from analogy : she has once been offered honey in an artefact, she will investi- gate others, even those of a different color and hitherto unnoticed.

At any rate it is easy to show that these animals are usually very fond of sweet, and dislike bitter things, and that they perceive these two properties only after having tasted of the respective substances. F. Will, in particular, has published good experiments on this subject. In aquatic insects the conditions are more complicated. Nagel, who studied them more closely, shows how difficult it is in these cases to distinguish smell from taste, since substances dissolved in water are more or less clearly perceived or discerned from a distance by both senses and sought or avoided in consequence.

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