Interplay of directional navigation mechanisms as a function of near-goal distance: Experiments with the house mouse

S. H. Alyan, R. Jander

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Abstract

Mice (Mus musculus) that shuttle between their nest and an outside goal use different navigation mechanisms, depending on their distance from the nest. This was studied by rotating directional cues and the mice relative to one another. Close to home (20-50 cm) mice choose path integration and orientation by beacon, while farther away from the nest distal landmark orientation becomes more important. The larger the beacon is at the home site, the greater is the distance over which it is used as a directional cue. As mice head towards their nest, they demonstrate a tendency to home by means of distal landmarks at large distances, and by means of path integration or guided beacon integration at smaller distances. This space related sequence in the use of orientation mechanisms is the reverse from the temporal sequence (stages) of learning mechanisms employed when first learning to navigate home (Alyan and Jander, 1994).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-255
Number of pages11
JournalBehavioural Processes
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Near goal navigation
  • Path integration
  • Pup retrieval

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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