Researchers Learn to Drive Cockroaches

Researchers Learn to Drive Cockroaches

Case Western Reserve University researchers have tapped into the brains of common cockroaches, allowing the scientists to identify the neurons that control specific movements.

October 31, 2015
Cockroaches
CLEVELAND — Case Western Reserve University researchers have tapped into the brains of common cockroaches, allowing the scientists to identify the neurons that control specific movements, Cleveland.com reports.
 
By noting which neurons become active just before a roach moves, researchers can predict the next time the critter will go that way.
 
And more important, by artificially stimulating the identified neurons, they can drive the roach.
 
The research is another step toward understanding autonomous movement -- a major goal in the field of robotics.
 
Source: Cleveland.com