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Bees can learn higher numbers than we thought – if we train them the right way

Bees are pretty good at maths—as far as insects go, at least. We already know, for example, that they can count up to four and even understand the concept of zero.  But in a new study, published today in the Journal of Experimental Biology, we show honeybees can also understand numbers higher than four—as long as we provide feedback for both correct and incorrect responses as they learn.  Even our own brains are less adept at dealing with numbers greater than four. While we can effortlessly estimate up to four items, processing larger numbers requires more mental effort.  Read more.....

 

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