bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Bees' mental smell maps

Bees and other insects seem to have mental olfactory maps that closely correspond to brain activity -- the codes may be species specific and help insects in their search for food. (Simple summary, scientific paper).

The researchers demonstrated the “perceptual distance” between different chemicals for bees. Their findings seems to correspond well with previous research showing neural distances between centres of activity in the brain which were stimulated by different chemicals.


Blogger Cat said...

The first I'd read about this reasearch.

11:22 pm  

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