Author

Kristin Chung

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Gordon Atkins

Abstract

Hormones modulate phonotactic behaviors of female crickets (Acheta domesticus). This project seeks to observe the changes in phonotactic behavior when anti-histamine is injected in the prothoracic ganglion. The anti-histamine used, pyrilamine, resulted in older, unselective females becoming more selective to the male calling songs. Females injected with saline (controls) remained unselective. The experiments with pyrilamine (anti-histamine) validates histamine's proposed role on phonotactic selectivity by enhancing inhibition of syllable period selective neural circuits in the prothoracic ganglion.

Subject Area

Crickets--Behavior, House cricket--Behavior, Insect hormones.

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