How Does the Brain Explore?
From Arctic adventurers to supermarket shoppers, we all need to explore a new environment now and then. And the ability to scout out a locale, to find food and other resources, is key to survival in the wild.
New research described here investigates a neural mechanism that helps mice find their way around – and reveals the surprising role of a brain region usually associated with fear.
This work, detailed in Cell, comes from the laboratory of Rui Costa, DVM, PhD, director and CEO of Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute and principal investigator at Champalimaud. The first author is Paolo Botta, PhD, a former postdoctoral fellow in the lab.
This text was slightly modified from its original version, which can be found on the Zuckerman Institute website.