Using zebrafish larvae to link stimuli to behavior

Research report (imported) 2015 - Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie

Portugues, Ruben
Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie, Martinsried

A key function of the brain is to integrate incoming sensory information, and to select the optimal behavior in response to these external cues. The underlying computations in the brain are extremely complex and poorly understood. To address this area of research, scientists use the transparent larval zebrafish as model organism. With the aid of powerful microscopes, scientists can monitor the whole brain activity at single cell resolution in the intact, behaving animal. This helps to understand how neuronal circuit dynamics translate sensory processing into behavioral output.

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