ABS 2022
Limited evidence for learning in a shuttle box paradigm in crickets (Acheta domesticus)
Kiri Li N Stauch1, Riley J Wincheski1, Jonathan Albers1, Timothy E Black2, Michael S Reichert1, Charles I Abramson1. 1Oklahoma State University , Stillwater, OK, United States; 2Weber State University , Ogden , UT, United States

Aversive learning has been studied in both invertebrates and mammals. Insects such as honey bees exhibit the ability to learn through aversive stimuli as a result it would be interesting to know if this ability is shared with other insects such as crickets Male and female house crickets (Acheta domesticus) were teste using a shuttle box apparatus. The shuttle box has a two-compartment shock grid, which allows the ‘master’ cricket to learn to avoid the shock by moving to specific locations, while a paired yoked cricket is shocked regardless of its location and therefore cannot learn. Baseline control crickets were placed in the same apparatus as the experimental crickets but were not shocked. Overall, both male and female master crickets showed aversive learning, which was illustrated by the fact that they spent more time compared to chance on the correct (no shock) location during some parts of the experiment. These results suggest that the house crickets in this experiment learned to some extent how to avoid the shock.