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“The preference for symmetry was the product of non-differential conditioning.”

“The preference for symmetry was the product of non-differential conditioning.”

Researchers at the University of Ottawa discovered that bumblebees don’t have a natural preference for symmetry in nature. In the journal Learning and Motivation, the Canadian scientists’ found that once bees learn to distinguish bilateral symmetry by rewards for symmetry, they begin to strive for the perfect flower.

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