By Charles I. Abramson
This paintings presents a methodological advent to the learn of invertebrate studying. It goals to provide readers an realizing of the foundations of sound experimental layout and of a few primary concerns within the research of behaviour. It contains questions and lists of assets and fabrics.
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Thus, you will need access to construction materials and tools, and you must be prepared to construct your own mazes, choice chambers, and other necessary equipment. In the next chapter, I will discuss the factors that must be considered in designing an invertebrate learning apparatus. Do you have the necessary experience working within a particular strategy? Resist the temptation to jump into a new area of research without proper training or supervision. Seek out an advisor who can teach you the necessary skills.
How much money will it cost to pursue your research question? If you are interested in exploring the neuronal mechanisms of learning in snails, for instance, a physiological work station can easily cost between $10,0OO-$15,OOO. Purchasing and maintain- CONSTRUCTING AN EXPERIMENT WITH INVERTEBRATES 35 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. ing snails will run a few hundred dollars, and the apparatus needed to measure learning may cost several hundred dollars. Do you have the necessary apparatus and animal facilities? Be advised to take time to learn how to keep your animals healthy in the laboratory.
Franklin Krasne demonstrated habituation of the tail-flip escape response of crayfish. Access to the lateral giant fiber controlling the escape reflex has made the crayfish a popular animal for simple systems research. 1970. Bernhard Katz shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (with Ulf von Euler and Julius Axelrod) for discoveries concerning nerve transmission. As is so often the case, much of the work on nerve transmission was performed on the squid giant axon. 1973. Karl von Frisch shared the Nobel Prize (with Konrad Lorenz and Nikolaas Tinbergen) in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the behavior and “language” of honeybees.
A primer of invertebrate learning : the behavioral perspective by Charles I. Abramson