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Cognitive Control of Escape Behaviour


Stempel,  A. Vanessa
Instinctive Behaviour Circuits, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Max Planck Society;

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Evans, D. A., Stempel, A. V., Vale, R., & Branco, T. (2016). Cognitive Control of Escape Behaviour. Trends Cogn. Sci., 23(4), 334-348. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2019.01.012.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-17F2-D
When faced with potential predators, animals instinctively decide whether there is a threat they should escape from, and also when, how, and where to take evasive action. While escape is often viewed in classical ethology as an action that is released upon presentation of specific stimuli, successful and adaptive escape behaviour relies on integrating information from sensory systems, stored knowledge, and internal states. From a neuroscience perspective, escape is an incredibly rich model that provides opportunities for investigating processes such as perceptual and value-based decision-making, or action selection, in an ethological setting. We review recent research from laboratory and field studies that explore, at the behavioural and mechanistic levels, how elements from multiple information streams are integrated to generate flexible escape behaviour.