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SSA could not be possible without the generous support of Drs. Herbert A. and Betty Lou Lubs and the Science, Society, and the Arts Research Conference Endowment. We are deeply grateful!
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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 24: Waves of Learning-Investigating Collective Spatiotemporal Learning in Adult Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

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Pavlovian conditioning, whereby an animal is trained to respond to a specific stimulus, is a powerful assay to study learning and memory. However, the majority of studies have focused on learning in isolated individuals. Moreover, these studies typically evaluate learning performance in binary groupings of successful or unsuccessful conditioned responses. In nature, many organisms occupy social groups and experience learning as a complex dynamic process that changes over time. Here, we designed a classical conditioning experiment to study the temporal progression of collective learning in adult zebrafish. Our results suggest that collective learning during conditioning progresses in waves where animals are capable of forming higher level associations between stimuli over time.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library