The effects of the delay and duration of wind self-generated during walking on the compensational recovery of escape direction were investigated in unilaterally cercus-ablated crickets, Gryllus bimaculatus. Artificial self-generated winds (self-stimulations; hereafter, SSts) from a nozzle set in front of a cricket placed on a styrofoam ball for stationary walking were used for training after unilateral cercus ablation. The delay and duration of artificial SSts were separately controlled. When the stimulus duration was fixed to 100 msec, the crickets trained with artificial SSts of 1000 msec delay showed a compensational recovery of the escape direction. However, no such compensational recovery was observed in crickets trained with artificial SSts of 1200, 1500, and 2000 msec delays. The relationship between the delay and duration of artificial SSts for compensational recovery was investigated. An artificial SSt with a longer delay required a longer-duration air current to cause a recovery of the escape direction. In contrast, an artificial SSt with a shorter delay was effective even when the duration was short. On the basis of the results obtained in the present study, we propose a hypothesis to explain the initial step for the compensation, that is, how the delay and duration of SSts are traded in terms of the compensational recovery of the escape direction.
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Vol. 30 • No. 5