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We use flea in our experimental setups in Turkey.
However, the procedure and the conclusion are certainly the same :-)
On Oct 12, 2009, at 6:43 PM, Fred Herzfeld wrote:
There was a scientist who wanted to find out how important food was
to a beetle. He conditioned (Pavlov) a beetle to crawl toward food
on command of a bell. After the beetle was well trained he
amputated one leg and repeated the experiment. Again the beetle
crawled to the food. He amputated a second leg but the beetle still
crawled to the food. When he amputated the next to last leg the
beetle with some effort crawled to the food. Then he amputated the
last leg. The beetle did not move. The scientist was surprised. He
wrote in his notebook: When all legs of a beetle are amputated it
looses its appetite.
Fred Herzfeld, MIT '54
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