When and Why Did Brains Break Symmetry?
AbstractAsymmetry of brain function is known to be widespread amongst vertebrates, and it seems to have appeared very early in their evolution. In fact, recent evidence of functional asymmetry in invertebrates suggests that even small brains benefit from the allocation of different functions to the left and right sides. This paper discusses the differing functions of the left and right sides of the brain, including the roles of the left and right antennae of bees (several species) in both short- and long-term recall of olfactory memories and in social behaviour. It considers the likely advantages of functional asymmetry in small and large brains and whether functional asymmetry in vertebrates and invertebrates is analogous or homologous. Neural or cognitive capacity can be enhanced both by the evolution of a larger brain and by lateralization of brain function: a possible reason why both processes occur side-by-side is offered. View Full-Text
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Rogers, L.J.; Vallortigara, G. When and Why Did Brains Break Symmetry? Symmetry 2015, 7, 2181-2194.
Rogers LJ, Vallortigara G. When and Why Did Brains Break Symmetry? Symmetry. 2015; 7(4):2181-2194.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rogers, Lesley J.; Vallortigara, Giorgio. 2015. "When and Why Did Brains Break Symmetry?" Symmetry 7, no. 4: 2181-2194.