The Hard and Soft Wired Nature of the Olfactory Map

Adi Mizrahi*

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Across the animal kingdom, odors are known as potent stimuli that directly steer behavior. In 2007, Hitoshi Sakano and colleagues used the power of mouse genetics to manipulate the odor map in the olfactory bulb. Elegant behavioral, anatomical, and physiological analyses revealed an apparent dichotomy in how the brain interprets the odor map. Their work paved a way to think of behavioral contingencies as part of early olfactory processing, highlighting innate and learned pathways.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)872-874
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2018

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  • innate
  • learned
  • odor maps
  • olfactory


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