par Cammaerts Tricot, Marie-Claire ;Cammaerts, Roger
Référence International Journal of Biology, 11, 1, page (54-65)
Publication Publié, 2018-12-18
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : The notion of zero is rarely apprehended by animals. We examined if ants possess this ability in four experiments, each time using two colonies and operant conditioning. Ants succeeded in significantly comprehending the absence of a cue, but not as well as learning an existing cue, and they soon lost their learning. Ants thus have a sensory notion of the absence of an item, but not the abstract notion of a sensu stricto mathematical zero.