1DUMMY the Müller-Lyer illusion in ant foraging

Tomoko Sakiyama, Yukio Pegio Gunji

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Abstract

The Müller-Lyer illusion is a classical geometric illusion in which the apparent (perceived) length of a line depends on whether the line terminates in an arrow tail or arrowhead. This effect may be caused by economic compensation for the gap between the physical stimulus and visual fields. Here, we show that the Müller-Lyer illusion can also be produced by the foraging patterns of garden ants (Lasius niger) and that the pattern obtained can be explained by a simple, asynchronously updated foraging ant model. Our results suggest that the geometric illusion may be a byproduct of the foraging process, in which local interactions underlying efficient exploitation can also give rise to global exploration, and that visual information processing in human could implement similar modulation between local efficient processing and widespread computation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere81714
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 11 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Ants
Byproducts
Formicidae
Modulation
foraging
Economics
Processing
Lasius niger
Lasius
Sagittaria
Mental Processes
byproducts
tail
Visual Fields
Compensation and Redress
Tail
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1DUMMY the Müller-Lyer illusion in ant foraging. / Sakiyama, Tomoko; Gunji, Yukio Pegio.

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Sakiyama, Tomoko ; Gunji, Yukio Pegio. / 1DUMMY the Müller-Lyer illusion in ant foraging. In: PLoS One. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 12.
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