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How mice choose the best escape route

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Escaping imminent danger is essential for survival. Animals must learn a new environment fast enough for them to be able to choose the shortest route to safety. But how do they do this without ever having experienced threat in the new environment?

Neuroscientists at the Sainsbury Wellcome Center at UCL explored how mice learn about their spatial environment and the behavioral strategies they use to take the shortest route to a shelter when they are scared.

In a new study, published today in Current Biology, the researchers show that mice learn the shortest route to escape after only 10 minutes of exploring the environment and they do not need previous experience of threat.



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