Evidence for selective attention in the insect brain

De Bivort, Benjamin L. and Van Swinderen, Bruno (2016) Evidence for selective attention in the insect brain. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 15 9-15. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2016.02.007

Author De Bivort, Benjamin L.
Van Swinderen, Bruno
Title Evidence for selective attention in the insect brain
Journal name Current Opinion in Insect Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2214-5745
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cois.2016.02.007
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Start page 9
End page 15
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
1109 Insect Science
Abstract The capacity for selective attention appears to be required by any animal responding to an environment containing multiple objects, although this has been difficult to study in smaller animals such as insects. Clear operational characteristics of attention however make study of this crucial brain function accessible to any animal model. Whereas earlier approaches have relied on freely behaving paradigms placed in an ecologically relevant context, recent tethered preparations have focused on brain imaging and electrophysiology in virtual reality environments. Insight into brain activity during attention-like behavior has revealed key elements of attention in the insect brain. Surprisingly, a variety of brain structures appear to be involved, suggesting that even in the smallest brains attention might involve widespread coordination of neural activity.
Keyword Selective attention
Insects brain
Brain activity
Attention-like behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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