Abstract: How nervous systems control behavior is the main question we seek to answer in neuroscience. Although visual systems have been a popular entry point into the brain, we don’t understand—in any deep sense—how visual perception guides navigation in flies (or any organism). I will present recent progress towards this goal from our lab. We are using anatomical insights from connectomics, genetic methods for labelling and manipulating identified cell types, neurophysiology, behavior, and computational modeling to explain how the fly brain processes visual motion to regulate behavior.
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