“Problem solving in slime molds: from decision making to learning”
Learning and decision making have hitherto been investigated almost exclusively in multicellular neural organisms. Evidence for learning and decision making in non-neural multicellular organisms are scant and only a few unequivocal reports of learning and decision making have been described in single celled organisms. In this seminar, in the first part of my talk, I will focus on decision making in slime molds and explore various frameworks: nutritional geometry, speed versus accuracy trade-off, Weber's law and social influence. In the second part of my talk, I will demonstrate that 1) habituation, a simple form of learning, can be observed in slime molds, 2) a learned behavior can be transferred from one slime mold to another via cell fusion and 3) habituation in slime molds rely on a simple mechanism. Hopefully by the end of my talk, you will be convinced that slime moulds are an ideal model system in which to investigate fundamental mechanisms underlying the ground-floor of cognitive abilities.
- Audrey Dussutour
- Hosted by
- Marius Wenzel
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