How to teach a honeybee to do math

How to teach a honeybee to do math

When most people picture math lessons, they imagine pencils, paper and desks, not sugar-water rewards and tiny mazes. But one group of cognitive scientists aren’t teaching arithmetic or calculus to high school students; they’re training bees to perform simple addition and subtraction.

Despite their “miniature brains,” the insects harness both long-term rules and short-term working memory in order to solve math problems and find a sugar-water reward. That’s according to a new study from a team led by cognitive scientist Scarlett Howard of RMIT University, published Feb. 6 in Science Advances.

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