Nick Strausfeld - "The organization of “higher centers” underlying learning, memory, and the organization of behavioral actions."

Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 - 11:30 to 13:00

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The second lecture will describe the organization of the insect mushroom bodies and the central complex, the former implicated in sensory associative learning and allocentric memory, the latter implicated in the release and control of behavioral actions. The lecture will explore evidence for genealogical correspondence of these centers with brain regions identified in crustaceans, arachnids, and lophotrochozoans (polychaete annelids). To conclude,  I will discuss possible genealogical correspondences of these centers with subsystems of the vertebrate brain.

Suggested reading. “Arthropod Brains. Evolution, Functional Elegance, and Historical Significance” Harvard University Press, Belknap Press. 2012.