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Scorpion intelligence

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by HackoDis, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. HackoDis

    HackoDis Arachnosquire

    Ead interesting experiment

    Accept scorpions don't see with colors or anything.

    I wonder what scorpions vision is like.

    So how can someone do something like this on intelligence.

    I think it's neat the hunting style the jumping spider uses.

    Now if it was trial and error, there would be alot more dead jumping spiders.

    Plus i suppose you could say trial and error is learning.
  2. Michiel

    Michiel Arachnoking Old Timer

    Hi lucanidae

    Yes, I have seen Portia on the NGC and I concur with you, but I thought we discussed scorpions on this forum ;) There are some nice documents about several subjects, like pray capturing behavioural patterns.
    And for classical conditioning, I think the experiments your refer to, are more fit in vertebrates than invertebrates, but on the other side, If no one tries to we will never know for sure. :D
    By the way, it is a well known fact that in tarantula keeping, the soft knock on the enclosure (to scare that nasty baboon spider to its burrow, so you can remove the cricket leftovers)is frequently used on it wouldn't be succesfull if animals became unresponsefull from the continuous banging. The animals are under the impression that they are in danger when they hear a bang (in fact they receive a massive amount of soundwaves)and retreat.
    I would worry if scorpions or tarantulas became unresponsful from stimuli like music, sounds etc, because it would indicate to me that there might be something wrong with them.

    Regards, Michiel
  3. pandinus

    pandinus Arachnoking Old Timer

    in The Biology of Scorpions (Polis 1990) There is a 70 page chapter soley devoted to covering the subject of neurobiology in scorpions.

  4. HackoDis

    HackoDis Arachnosquire

    I should go out and buy that book.
  5. pandinus

    pandinus Arachnoking Old Timer

    if you can find it, it is one of the most useful books i have ever bought.

  6. EAD063

    EAD063 Arachnoprince

    If your old enough to be in a university use can use HELIN and find the book wherever... 2 Universities in my state have the book and I'm in the smallest state, so I'm sure there are probaly a ton of couple floating around wherever you are. I think some high schools use HELIN also, mine did.

    PS Michael, it is a good point that the expiriment is best suited for vertebrates, which is why I've been unable to come up with a solid way to try and replicate it. Food location expiriments may be interesting also. I need more room though. :(
  7. HackoDis

    HackoDis Arachnosquire

    well i can get it on amazon for 105 bucks.

    Maybe i'll wait till i go to college.
    Try a pheromone test. Se how the scorpion reacts to a lizard smell etc etc
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2007
  8. EAD063

    EAD063 Arachnoprince

    I once put an anole in a heterometrus enclosure. Thing was quick as a bugger, and had an amazing camaflouge in the plastic leafs I had as a decoration. The little guy only lasted under 12 hours though.
  9. skinheaddave

    skinheaddave SkorpionSkin Arachnosupporter

    Polis (1990) can be gotten as a reprint here: http://wwwlib.umi.com/bod/fullcite?id=185892

    How so? There was a student at my university who was doing some work with hissing cockroaches. She showed that the hissers eventually stopped responding to her, whereas they would still respond to other individuals. In other words, they had become habituated to manipulation in the presence of her scent/taste. The only reason a pavlovian bell won't work on these critters is that they don't really respond at all to bells.

    There are plenty of examples of habituation in tarantulas. If you have a copy of the Schultz & Schultz Tarantula Keeper Guide around then you can read the bit on habituation in there.

  10. EAD063

    EAD063 Arachnoprince

    I'm curious Dave if you know of such "conditioning" expiriments done on scorpions in specifically?

    The research with the Zebra Danios were interesting, but they were also kept perfectly (reverse osmosis treated water, a defined day night schedule, fed mostly on live home cultured brine shirmp and perfectly maintained PH levels) so I have wondered whether these conditions affected the outcome of the expiriment and thus would affect the outcome of future ones aswell.
  11. John Bokma

    John Bokma Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I can only speak for ANN (software neural networks in this case), but what a neural network can do depends on the complexity inside the node (often the threshold function), the number of connections and the number of nodes, and from what I know about it it's not simply the more of all, the more a network can do. For example too many interconnections can make the learning very slow. Too many nodes can make that the neural network does things because it just remembers the entire trainingset.
  12. HackoDis

    HackoDis Arachnosquire

    If you could explain your ANN "theory" a little simpler.

    So your saying the more nodes = slower learning but higher intelligence.

    Lesser nodes = Learning not as great, lower intelligence.

    Just trying to understand this.

  13. John Bokma

    John Bokma Arachnobaron Old Timer

    If there are too many nodes in an ANN it suffers from memory effect. Instead of trying to find rules hidden in the trainingset, it just learns all the trainingdata. Compare it with someone doing an exame while having access to Google and Wikipedia. You wouldn't call that person intelligent.

    ANNs are often used to find the hidden rules in data so it can also work with new data. If an ANN has just learned the data it might give a completely wrong answer because it doesn't remember the answer.

    An example: you can train an ANN with black and white photos as used in IDs and provide it with the sex of the person in the photo. If the ANN learns it might give quite accurate answers with new photos you feed it. If it just remembers it might give random answers if you feed it new photos.

    (BTW: this is a real example, if I recall correctly the ANN was quite good at it and only got it wrong when people also had a hard time to see if the person in a photo was male or female).

    Also added complexity might result in making the wrong decision in an urgent situation. A human might hesitate while an animal just automatically does the right and "more intelligent" thing.
  14. HackoDis

    HackoDis Arachnosquire

    Thanks for explaining that.
  15. konrad16660

    konrad16660 Arachnosquire

    a lot of people think that scorps are dumb. i have owned a lot of them. Some are really violent, while the emperors are more communal. You have to remember they can only sense light for the most part, so they aren't going to be able to do a lot of things mammals can. But among those that are communal I do believe they build relationships and communicate between eachother. I feel they all have their own personalities, so they are not as dumb as most people are set to believe. I think it depends on the sub-species as well. Because I have had some pretty dumb scorps to boot.
  16. Michiel

    Michiel Arachnoking Old Timer

    in the end I concur with fusion in the stimuli-response thing, scorpions cannot solve mathematical problems.......lucky them :D
  17. HackoDis

    HackoDis Arachnosquire

    They should make a show to find out if in a million years scorpions will be more intelligent.

    Just imagine seeing a scorpion "talking" or making a trap....:drool:
  18. skinheaddave

    skinheaddave SkorpionSkin Arachnosupporter

    This intrigues me. How is making a show going to come even close to answering this?

  19. HackoDis

    HackoDis Arachnosquire

    don't know, they had a show on a while back on animal planet. They made octopus more intelligent. Monkeys become the next humans, spiders got slightly bigger. Grrr
  20. konrad16660

    konrad16660 Arachnosquire

    haha is scorpions could make traps and whatnot we would all be dead. although i think some of us would enjoy it here on the boards, hehe.;P
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