A Leg-Local Neural Mechanism Mediates the Decision to Search in Stick Insects

  title={A Leg-Local Neural Mechanism Mediates the Decision to Search in Stick Insects},
  author={Eva M. Berg and Scott L. Hooper and Joachim Schmidt and Ansgar B{\"u}schges},
  journal={Current Biology},
In many animals, individual legs can either function independently, as in behaviors such as scratching or searching, or be used in coordinated patterns with other legs, as in walking or climbing. While the control of walking has been extensively investigated, the mechanisms mediating the behavioral choice to activate individual legs independently are poorly understood. We examined this issue in stick insects, in which each leg can independently produce a rhythmic searching motor pattern if it… CONTINUE READING
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