October 31, 2020

A Neural Network for Wind-Guided Compass Navigation

Okubo et al. show that wind influences the compass in the Drosophila brain. They describe a pathway that connects mechanoreceptors to compass neurons, and they show how mechanosensory signals are transformed within this pathway. Their results demonstrate that the compass is a multimodal map, like the mammalian head direction map.

 Neuron

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