During navigation, disoriented animals learn to use the spatial geometry of rectangular environments to gain rewards. The length of macroscopic surfaces (metric: short/long) and their spatial arrangement (sense: left/right) are powerful cues that animals prove to encode for reorientation. The aim of this study was to investigate if zebrafish (Danio rerio) could take advantage of such geometric properties in a rewarded exit task, by applying a reference memory procedure. The experiment was performed in a rectangular arena having four white walls, where fish were required to choose the two geometrically equivalent exit corners lying on the reinforced diagonal. Results showed that zebrafish encoded the geometry of the arena during reorientation, solving the spatial task within the first 5 days of training. With the aim to avoid the possible influence of extravisual cues on the zebrafish success, we performed a geometric test in extinction of response after the learning day. At test, fish persisted in choosing the two correct corners, thus confirming that the navigation strategy used at training was based on geometric cues. This study adds evidence about the role of geometric frameworks in fish species, and it further validates an effective spatial learning paradigm for zebrafish.

The Environmental Geometry in Spatial Learning by Zebrafish (Danio rerio) / Baratti, Greta; Potrich, Davide; Sovrano, Valeria Anna. - In: ZEBRAFISH. - ISSN 1545-8547. - STAMPA. - 17:2(2020), pp. 131-138. [10.1089/zeb.2019.1845]

The Environmental Geometry in Spatial Learning by Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Baratti, Greta;Potrich, Davide;Sovrano, Valeria Anna
2020-01-01

Abstract

During navigation, disoriented animals learn to use the spatial geometry of rectangular environments to gain rewards. The length of macroscopic surfaces (metric: short/long) and their spatial arrangement (sense: left/right) are powerful cues that animals prove to encode for reorientation. The aim of this study was to investigate if zebrafish (Danio rerio) could take advantage of such geometric properties in a rewarded exit task, by applying a reference memory procedure. The experiment was performed in a rectangular arena having four white walls, where fish were required to choose the two geometrically equivalent exit corners lying on the reinforced diagonal. Results showed that zebrafish encoded the geometry of the arena during reorientation, solving the spatial task within the first 5 days of training. With the aim to avoid the possible influence of extravisual cues on the zebrafish success, we performed a geometric test in extinction of response after the learning day. At test, fish persisted in choosing the two correct corners, thus confirming that the navigation strategy used at training was based on geometric cues. This study adds evidence about the role of geometric frameworks in fish species, and it further validates an effective spatial learning paradigm for zebrafish.
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Baratti, Greta; Potrich, Davide; Sovrano, Valeria Anna
The Environmental Geometry in Spatial Learning by Zebrafish (Danio rerio) / Baratti, Greta; Potrich, Davide; Sovrano, Valeria Anna. - In: ZEBRAFISH. - ISSN 1545-8547. - STAMPA. - 17:2(2020), pp. 131-138. [10.1089/zeb.2019.1845]
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