Journal of Neuroinformatics and Neuroimaging

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Commentary - Journal of Neuroinformatics and Neuroimaging (2021) Volume 6, Issue 1

Neuroethology

Neuroethology is the evolutionary and comparative study of animal behaviour and the nervous system's underlying mechanistic regulation. It's an interdisciplinary field that combines neurology is the study of the nervous system whereas ethology is the study of animals (study of animal behaviour in natural conditions). The focus on behaviours that have been favoured by natural selection (e.g., finding mates, navigation, locomotion, and predator avoidance) rather than behaviours that are specific to a disease state or laboratory experiment is a central theme of neuroethology, which distinguishes it from other branches of neuroscience. They want to know how the nervous system converts biologically important stimuli into natural behaviour. Many bats have the ability to use echolocation to capture prey and navigate. Bats' auditory system is frequently used as an example of how acoustic qualities of sounds can be transformed into a sensory map of behaviourally significant sound aspects.

Author(s): Shawn Kruger

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