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Evolution of the Cerebellar Sense of Self

John Montgomery and David Bodznick


The cerebellum is an intriguing component of the brain. In humans, it occupies only 10% of the brain volume, yet has approximately 69 billion neurons, i.e. 80% of the nerve cells in the brain! A functional understanding of the cerebellum is enabled by the fact it is made up of a repeated array of neuronal networks, or motifs, each of which may function as an adaptive filter. In short, the cerebellum can be thought of a massive array of adaptive filters that can contribute across a wide range of brain tasks and functionality. Understanding the evolutionary origins of the cerebellum supports thi ... More

Keywords: brain, cerebellum, adaptive filter, neuroethology, athleticism, brain evolution, neuronal machine, cerebellum-like, self and other

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Montgomery, author
Professor of Marine Science and Biological Sciences, former Director of Marine Science and James Cook Fellow at the University of Auckland

David Bodznick, author
Professor of Biology, and former Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Wesleyan University in CT