By Ian Randall For Mailonline
Published: 17:44 BST, 11 September 2019 | Updated: 17:53 BST, 11 September 2019
Honey bees retain memories of good and bad social encounters, storing them in distinct clusters in their brains just like we do, researchers have found.
Researchers analysed bee brains after exposing them to either positive or negative experiences — nursing a larvae or fighting off an intruder.
They found that these memories are stored in different areas of the so-called 'mushroom bodies', which are regions of neurons unique to the insect brain.
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Honey bees retain memories of good and bad social encounters, storing them in distinct clusters in their brains just like we do, researchers have found
Mushroom bodies, seen here in a fly
Mushroom bodies are structures that are unique to the brains of insects, arthropods and some worms.
They appear in pairs and are made up of neurons.
Mushroom bodies have been associated with various neural functions, including learning, memory and sensory integration.
A new study from the University of Illinois has revealed that good and bad memories of social encounters are stored in different regions within the mushroom body, like in humans.
This separation between positive and negative experiences in the brain may be a fundamental property of animal nervous systems.
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