Sep 3, 2023

Decoding Decision-Making: Insect Brains Are More Complex Than We Thought

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Summary: The mushroom body—a key area in the brains of arthropods like insects—plays a crucial role in abstract behavioral decision-making.

Contrary to the long-standing belief that insects react purely on stimulus-response, the study shows they can actually make nuanced decisions based on experiences. The researchers recorded feeding behavior alongside neural signals.

This has implications for understanding not just insect behavior but also basic neurobiological principles that are similar in humans.

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