The mammalian brain uses several different means to determine how to reach a location in space. One method, as illustrated in this image, is called the “flexible approach.” Each line shows a rat’s path towards a target located in the top center of the image. The colors indicate the rat’s head orientation (red=facing away from target, blue=facing the target). The different paths used to reach the target occur because the animal began its approach from different starting points, hence the term “flexible approach.”
Image by Saleem Nicola, Vincent B. McGinty, James J. Kim, and Sylvie Lardeux.
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The mammalian brain uses several different means to determine how to reach a location in space. One method, as illustrated in this image, is called the “flexible approach.” Each line shows a rat’s path towards a target located in the top center of the image. The colors indicate the rat’s head orientation (red=facing away from target, blue=facing the target). The different paths used to reach the target occur because the animal began its approach from different starting points, hence the term “flexible approach.”

Image by Saleem Nicola, Vincent B. McGinty, James J. Kim, and Sylvie Lardeux.

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