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Bateson and Wright tested their bees with a type of experiment designed to show whether animals are, like humans, capable of experiencing cognitive states in which ambiguous information is interpreted in negative fashion.
Earlier research has found rats and dogs capable of pessimism. Bateson has also documented pessimism in starlings. But though honeybees have passed tests of pattern recognition and spatial modeling, the idea of feelings occurring in their sesame-seed-sized brains is generally considered unlikely, if not downright laughable.
“Invertebrates like bees aren’t typically thought of as having human-like emotions,” said Bateson, yet honeybees and vertebrates share many neurological traits. “Way, way back, we share a common ancestor. The basic physiology of the brain has been retained over evolutionary time. There are basic similarities.”
Further analysis of the shaken bees’ brains found altered levels of dopamine, serotonin and octopamine, three neurotransmitters implicated in depression. In short, the bees acted like they felt pessimistic, and their brains looked like it, too.
“It would be interesting to know if pesticides were altering their cognition, creating states similar to depression,” she said.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by ofhumandescent
come out to West Texas. We will let you have some snakes AND some scorpions in your house.
I see 2-3 scorpions a week usually. We spray the outside to keep them out...but i live near a "forest" of mesquite trees and they just come in from everywhere.
About every 5 years or so we will have a rattler under our sink or in a closet. Rattlers generally won't bother you. But once in my house my choice is to pay a fortune to have it removed, or just remove it myself. To do it myself, the snake as to die first, unfortunately.