Mutants of Brain Structure and Function: What is the Significance of the Mushroom Bodies for Behavior?

  • M. Heisenberg
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 16)


For approaching the enormous complexity of the insect brain one may choose first to study the sensory and motor periphery in the hope to finally work one’s way up to the central processing stages of the brain or, alternatively, one may parachute in the midst of the jungle, experimentally altering the brain and try to understand the concomitant changes in behavior. While with the first approach in recent years an impressive volume of basic knowledge about neural integration of sensory data and about the generation of motor patterns has been provided, only few of these studies have really been concerned with central brain functions. Of the parachutists, on the other hand, only few signs of survival have reached the outside world (e.g., Wadepuhl and Huber, 1979).


Mushroom Body Antennal Lobe Odor Source Male Courtship Kenyon Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Heisenberg
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  1. 1.Institut für Genetik und MikrobiologieUniversität WürzburgFederal Republic of Germany

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