The insect equivalent of the amygdala

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Animals’ survival depends on their ability to gather information about their environment, process and evaluate that information, and then modify their behavior in response. In the vertebrate brain, the amygdala has a key role in evaluating sensory information. Scientists led by Silke Sachse (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany) recently reported that a structure called the lateral horn might have a similar role in the insect brain.

Lab Anim. (NY) 44, 45 (2015).
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