Scientists demonstrate existence of 3D compass in bat brain

December 4, 2014 1:21 PM

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Scientists demonstrate existence of 3D compass in bat brain

Presence of 3D compass in the brains of mammals has been shown by researchers for the first time. Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated that the brains of bats consist of neurons that sense the direction in which their head is pointed towards and hence support its navigation in 3D space.

It was disclosed in the research for the first time as to how the brain calculates a sense of the vertical direction unified with the horizontal. It was then revealed that in neural compass, these directions are computed independently at different levels of complexity.

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