Neural mechanisms of insect navigation

Barbara Webb, Antoine Wystrach

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We know more about the ethology of insect navigation than the neural substrates. Few studies have shown direct effects of brain manipulation on navigational behaviour; or measure brain responses that clearly relate to the animal's current location or spatial target, independently of specific sensory cues. This is partly due to the methodological problems of obtaining neural data in a naturally behaving animal. However, substantial indirect evidence, such as comparative anatomy and knowledge of the neural circuits that provide relevant sensory inputs provide converging arguments for the role of some specific brain areas: the mushroom bodies; and the central complex. Finally, modelling can help bridge the gap by relating the computational requirements of a given navigational task to the type of computation offered by different brain areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-39
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
Issue numberJune 2016
Early online date3 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


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