Neuroscientists explore the risky business of self-preservation

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09/13/2017 01:11 PM EDT

Malcolm MacIver

Northwestern University researchers have learned that the escape response for prey is more nuanced than previously thought. In a study of larval zebrafish, the researchers are the first to find that the animal’s innate escape response incorporates the speed of the approaching predator–not just the proximity of the predator–in its calculation of how best to flee.

Full story at https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/september/neuroscientists-explore-the-risky-business-of-self-preservation/

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Northwestern University

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