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Researchers recorded bats navigating around a room to learn how their brains comprehend 3-D space

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Researchers trained bats to fly around obstacles in a room, and recorded the bat's locations and all vocalizations the bat made. They built a model to calculate the direction of all those sounds and when they arrive at the bat's ears, and integrated that with neurological recordings to understand how the bat brains comprehend 3-D space. Studying the brains of free-flying bats--bats in their natural environment--reveals a more nuanced understanding of the brain.

Credit: Courtesy of Cindy Moss and the Johns Hopkins University Auditory Neuroethology Lab

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