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Even bees know zero is less than one

Authors
  • Cordes, Sara1
  • 1 Boston College, Department of Psychology, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA , Chestnut Hill (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Learning & Behavior
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Oct 15, 2018
Volume
47
Issue
3
Pages
187–188
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/s13420-018-0361-y
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Across three elegant experiments, Howard, Avarguès-Weber, Garcia, Greentree, & Dyer (2018) demonstrate that honey bees spontaneously generalize an ordinal rule to empty sets, treating zero as less than other whole numbers. Their findings provide strong evidence that bees have a nonsymbolic concept of zero similar to that found in monkeys and human children, suggesting that this capacity may have important evolutionary significance.

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