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



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.

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

Journal rubric: Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Khvatov I.A., Kharitonov A.N., Sokolov A.Y. How crickets Gryllus assimilis relate physical characteristics of their bodies to environmental objects in spatial orientation . Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2013. Vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 79–95. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Ivan A. Khvatov, PhD in Psychology, Head, Center for Research and Education in Biopsychology and Chair of General Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexandr N. Kharitonov, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific and Educational Center for Biopsychological Research, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis (NOCHU VO “Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis”); Leading Researcher at the Center for Experimental Psychology, Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University (FSBEI HE MGPPU), Deputy editor-in-chief of the scientific journal "Experimental Psychology", Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexey Y. Sokolov, PhD in Biology, Chief Research Scientist, Center for Science and Educational of Biopsychological Research, Moscow Institute of psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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