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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

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How crickets Gryllus assimilis relate physical characteristics of their bodies to environmental objects in spatial orientation 993

Khvatov I.A.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of General Psychology and History of Psychology, Moscow University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

Kharitonov A.N.
PhD in Psychology, Senior Research Associate, Institute of Psychology, Leading Researcher, MSUPE, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Sokolov A.Yu.
PhD in Biology, Chief Research Scientist, Center for Science and Educational of Biopsychological Research, Moscow Institute of psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia

The study aims to identify the sensory information that crickets Gryllus assimilis into account when relating the size of their body with the environmental objects. In several experimental series crickets were stimulated to get out of the camera, which was a fenced circular arena, through openings of various size and shape. The results show that for determining the possibility of penetration into different types of holes kinesthetic information from the antennas is crucial. Also the insects consider kinesthetic information from palpae. We attribute this to the fact that the scheme of own body in these insects is based sensory signals of several modalities that are related to surrounding objects, but do not merge into a single perceptual scheme of the body.

Keywords: mental reflexion, self-reflexion, reflexion of the environment, phylogeny of mind, insects, crickets

Column: Comparative Psychology

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