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Social learning of an associative foraging task in zebrafish.

Authors
  • Zala, Sarah M
  • Määttänen, Ilmari
Type
Published Article
Journal
Die Naturwissenschaften
Publication Date
May 01, 2013
Volume
100
Issue
5
Pages
469–472
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00114-013-1017-6
PMID: 23354759
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is increasingly becoming an important model species for studies on the genetic and neural mechanisms controlling behaviour and cognition. Here, we utilized a conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm to study social learning in zebrafish. We tested whether social interactions with conditioned demonstrators enhance the ability of focal naïve individuals to learn an associative foraging task. We found that the presence of conditioned demonstrators improved focal fish foraging behaviour through the process of social transmission, whereas the presence of inexperienced demonstrators interfered with the learning of the control focal fish. Our results indicate that zebrafish use social learning for finding food and that this CPP paradigm is an efficient assay to study social learning and memory in zebrafish.

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