Faculty Advisor

Gegear, Robert J.

Abstract

Decision-making plays a fundamental role in the lives of all animals, including humans. To make adaptive decisions, the brain must first weigh the costs and benefits associated with available decision options and then select the option that maximizes Darwinian fitness. Here, we use a novel and ecologically-relevant task switching paradigm to investigate how limitations on cognitive flexibility affect the foraging decisions of bumblebees. Our results will yield important insights into the neural basis of adaptive behavior and the evolution of floral complexity.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

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Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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