A comparative analysis of perception of the physical characteristics of body in snakes lampropeltis triangulum cambell and elaphe radiata



Perception of physical characteristics of the body is a major component of the body schema in animals. The experimental studies of the perception of body limits were conducted on two species of colubridae snakes: Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli and Elaphe radiata. The experimental setup provided that the animals take into account the enlarged limits of their bodies while finding way through the holes of different sizes. Both species demonstrated the ability to take into account both natural and enlarged limits of the body. However, only the Elaphe radiata were able to transfer previously formed skills to take into account the body limits to new experimental conditions thus demonstrating greater lability of the organization of mental representation of the body in comparison with Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli.

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Keywords: self-reflexion, body schema, snakes, arthropods, rats, phylogenesis of mind

Journal rubric: Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/exppsy.2017100309

For citation: Khvatov I.A., Sokolov A.Y., Kharitonov A.N. A comparative analysis of perception of the physical characteristics of body in snakes lampropeltis triangulum cambell and elaphe radiata. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2017. Vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 126–136. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2017100309. (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: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6939-244X, e-mail: ittkrot1@gmail.com

Alexey Y. Sokolov, PhD in Biology, Chief Research Scientist, Center for Science and Educational of Biopsychological Research, Moscow Institute of psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6927-6473, e-mail: apophis-king@mail.ru

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: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4801-9937, e-mail: ankhome47@list.ru



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