Neurotic Behaviour in Ants

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WHILE investigating ant learning with maze apparatus, behaviour was observed in one individual which is similar to that described by Cook1 and Maier2 as psychopathic or ‘neurotic’ behaviour in rats. What are thought to have been early symptoms of similar behaviour were later observed in a virgin female of the same colony of Formica fusca Latr.

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  1. 1

    Cook, S. W., Psychosom. Med., 1, 293 (1939).

  2. 2

    Maier, N. R. F., "Studies of Abnormal Behaviour in the Rat" (New York: Harpers, 1939).

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MORLEY, D. Neurotic Behaviour in Ants. Nature 162, 74–75 (1948) doi:10.1038/162074a0

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