Neural Correlates of a Magnetic Sense

  title={Neural Correlates of a Magnetic Sense},
  author={L. Wu and J. Dickman},
  pages={1054 - 1057}
  • L. Wu, J. Dickman
  • Published 2012
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Science
  • Magnetic Sense Many species orient and navigate using aspects of Earth's magnetic field. Magnetic receptors have been found in the eyes, ears, and bills of birds, but there has been no clear evidence of the neural mechanism by which magnetic signals are translated into direction. Recording from the brainstem within conscious pigeons, Wu and Dickman (p. 1054, published online 26 April; see the Perspective by Winklhofer) reveal the presence of neurons in the pigeon's brain that encode the… CONTINUE READING
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