In the FLYSY laboratory we study the performance of neural systems. Our aim is to understand how fast and accurate responses can be achieved with a limited number of neurons.
WHY DO WE STUDY VISUALLY GUIDED PREDATORS?
A predatory lifestyle puts a premium on neural performance because movements have to be carried out with precision in a timely manner. Moreover, because predation is an innate behaviour, the knowledge acquired during our research is a true reflection of the information processing abilities of the neural system under study. Visual stimuli are also relatively easy to present.
WHY DO WE STUDY INVERTEBRATES, SUCH AS FLIES?
The diversity of invertebrate groups provides us with the means for comparative studies. We can pick several predatory species that are close or distantly related and ask what neural coding strategies are shared, and which are species, niche or task specific.
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