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Different brain areas for different types of learning

Just a short note on an interesting new paper from PNAS and whilst this is not strictly a navigation paper, it is certainly very relevant. Devaud et al have investigated the role of the insect mushroom bodies (MBs) in non elemental learning. So called higher order learning might involve learning that the components A and B are negatively reinforced, whilst their mixture (AB) is positively reinforced. Intact MBs were necessary for the higher order learning tasks, but not simpler ‘elemental’ learning. This suggests that different brain areas might be needed for different styles of learning. Something that resembles the organisation of the vertebrate brain.
Devaud, J. M., Papouin, T., Carcaud, J., Sandoz, J. C., Grünewald, B., & Giurfa, M. (2015). Neural substrate for higher-order learning in an insect: Mushroom bodies are necessary for configural discriminations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201508422.
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