Excellence in Research – Science & Engineering (Highly Commended 2014)

Dr Andrew Barron, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Understanding the bee brain

How do honey bees think? We discovered remarkable similarities between how bees and humans make choices, and the cognitive processes they use when making decisions. We modelled these thought processes in the known circuitry of the bee brain. Our research is revealing the cognitive abilities of animals, how brains operate, and establishing models of how simple brains work. This is laying the foundations for understanding the far more complex human brain.

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