Faculty Research 1980 - 1989

Title

Observational learning of a left-right behavioral asymmetry in mice (Mus musculus).

Authors

R L. Collins

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1988

Keywords

Attention, Dominance-Cerebral, Female, Imitative-Behavior, Laterality, Mice, Mice-Inbred-Strains, Orientation, Posture, Problem-Solving, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S

JAX Location

1691

Grant

GM23618

Abstract

B6D2F1 hybrid mice that were allowed to observe a trained female mouse open a pendulum door to the right (or to the left) to enter a food compartment later solved this problem faster than pupils that had been placed behind a visual barrier. Male pupils that had observed a "left-handed: teacher performed sinistrally; males that had observed a "right-handed: model performed dextrally. Female pupils did not exhibit their demonstrator's laterality. Observational learning may provide a means to maintain certain lateralized behaviors. Such social learning may lead to the emergence of local traditions and to the cultural diffusion of behavioral asymmetries.

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