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Studying Bees Through VR

What goes on in the minds of bees? Well, we might very well be able to find out with this new method that researchers from the Free University of Berlin have devised. They used electrode implants on the bees' mushroom body, a region of the brain in the front antennal lobe, in order to record neurological changes as they go through a virtual reality environment.

The development of an effective VR setup for honeybees “was a big achievement,” says Giurfa. He says that the new study, which he did not participate in, shows how this technology can be paired with neural recording equipment, as has been done for fruit flies and mice, to gain more insight into mechanisms for learning and memory.

(Image credit: Hanna Zwaka/The Scientist)


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