Temporal and structural neural asymmetries in insects

Daniel Knebel, Elisa Rigosi

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Neural asymmetries of the bilateral parts of the nervous system are found throughout the animal kingdom. The relative low complexity and experimental accessibility of the insect nervous system makes it well suited for studying the functions of neural asymmetries and their underlying mechanisms. Recent findings in insects reveal hardwired asymmetries in their peripheral and central nervous systems, which affect sensory perception, motor behaviours and cognitive-related tasks. Together, these findings underscore the tendency of the nervous system to segregate between the activities of its right and left sides either transiently or as permanent lateralized specializations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
StatePublished - Dec 2021

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