Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


Colin Klein and Andrew B. Barron, Insects have the capacity for subjective experience


Klein & Barron argue that insects are capable of subjective experience, i.e., sentience. Whereas we mostly agree with the conclusion of their arguments, we think there is an even more important message to be learned from their work. The line of reasoning opened by Klein & Barron proves instructive for how neuroscientists can and should explore the biological phenomenon of consciousness.

Author Biography

Eirik Søvik is an associate professor at Volda University College. He studies the function of biogenic amine systems in insects and their relation to reward processing.


Clint J. Perry, Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow, Queen Mary University of London, uses integrative neurobiology to explore the cognitive capacities of insects and the underlying mechanisms of memory, learning and emotion.