Decision making in foraging bats

Yosef Prat*, Yossi Yovel

*Corresponding author for this work

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Foraging is a complex and cognitively demanding behavior. Although it is often regarded as a mundane task, foraging requires the continuous weighting and integration of many sources of information with varying levels of credence. Bats are extremely diverse in their ecology and behavior, and thus demonstrate a wide variety of foraging strategies. In this review, we examine the different factors influencing the decision process of bats during foraging. Technological developments of recent years will soon enable real-time tracking of environmental conditions, of the position and quality of food items, the location of conspecifics, and the bat's movement history. Monitoring these variables alongside the continuous movement of the bat will facilitate the testing of different decision-making theories such as the use of reinforcement learning in wild free ranging bats and other animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
StatePublished - Feb 2020


FundersFunder number
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme679186
European Research Council


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