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Insect cognition

In this TiNs paper, Martin Giurfa presents a review of recent experimental literature related to cognition in insects. Of course, the key issue with experiments in this area is to tread the delicate line between underestimating or anthropomorphising the insects we are studying. Martin suggests that “Focusing on the neural bases of insect higher-order learning is a way to avoid this, because the characterization of neural architectures should be a dispassionate endeavor”. Such a bottom-up philosophy is admirable but evidently not always possible and there are still ongoing issues whenever we have to describe insect behaviour in an experimental setting.

For me, the most interesting part of the paper is Martin’s list of future research directions. It is pleasing to imagine what the next 10 years will bring in terms of our understanding of insect cognition.

Martin Giurfa (2013) Cognition with few neurons: higher-order learning in insects, Trends in Neurosciences.

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