Research report 2015 - Associated Institute - Research Center caesar (center of advanced european studies and research)

Networks underlying the sense of direction

Authors
Seelig, Johannes
Departments
Assoziierte Einrichtung - Forschungszentrum caesar (center of advanced european studies and research), Bonn
Summary
How do the networks in the brain enable navigation and how do they control movements? Addressing these questions in the simple nervous system of the fruit fly indicates that basic network structures that are relevant for the mammalian brain contribute to navigation behavior in the fly. Thanks to the small size of the fly brain and the available genetic tools these networks can be analyzed in detail. Such experiments are expected to contribute to our understanding of how abstract computations are encoded in biological networks.

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