The cerebellum plays a central role in coordinating motion and behavior. Ruben Portugues and his team now show that the activity of Purkinje cells in the cerebellum of zebrafish larvae is organized into three behavioral modules.
Prey or predator? The brain has only a split second to evaluate an unknown object and decide whether to hunt it or to escape from it. To ensure that nothing goes wrong, the fish brain processes each of these decisions via a separate nerve tract.
We are not easily knocked off our feet. A fruit fly, on the other hand, may be pushed off course by a gust of wind. However, three large nerve cells in each half of the fly’s brain are sufficient to bring the fly back on track with the aid of visual signals.
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