ET4: Modeling Animal Minds Using Virtual Reality, Neurogenetics, and Computation

Description

Recent advances in multiple technologies, computers, neurogenetics, and microscopy allow new ways to study how the brain of an animal controls behaviour. I will discuss recent efforts in my lab and in the labs of colleagues to relate the behaviour of animals with the neural circuits regulating this behaviour. Ultimately, we seek the bio-physical basis of high level mental processes, and in my talk I will focus on the guidance of locomotion and spatial cognition in model organisms such as the fly Drosophila.

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Course location

G√ľnne

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Instructor information.

Instructor
Andrew Straw

Vita

Andrew Straw is Professor of Biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany where his lab studies neural circuits and behaviour of vision in genetic model organisms. Previously, he was a Fellow at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria and a postdoc at the California Institute of Techology in Pasadena, USA.

Website

www.strawlab.org