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Food for Thought: Fish Brain Activity Recorded for First Time

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February 1, 2013
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For the first time, researchers have recorded the progress of a thought as it travels through the brain of a living fish. Using a two-step approach, Akira Muto and his team in Japan say it is now possible to identify the brain circuits involved in complex behaviors, a development that could one day be used in psychiatric drug research.


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