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Comparison of live stimuli and 3D printed replicas: preference tests for zebrafish
Author(s): Tommaso Ruberto; Giovanni Polverino; Maurizio Porfiri
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, robots have emerged as relevant means for studying individual and social behavior, providing highly customizable and controllable instruments for a wide number of behavioral investigations. As zebrafish is gaining momentum among laboratory animals, several robotics-based paradigms have been proposed to study its complex behavior. However, previous studies have failed to report attraction toward robotic stimuli, comparable with live conspecifics. Here, we investigate this aspect in a within-subject experiment by testing zebrafish and comparing the attraction toward a live conspecific and a 3D-printed replica in binary-choice preference tests. We find that zebrafish have an analogous appraisal for live and robotic stimuli in preference experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10162, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017, 101620N (17 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2257365
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Tommaso Ruberto, NYU Tandon School of Engineering (United States)
Giovanni Polverino, Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (Germany)
Maurizio Porfiri, New York Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10162:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
Mato Knez; Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Editor(s)

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