Colloquium on October 25, 2010

Fabrizio Gabbiani
Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Biophysics and Neural Computations Underlying Collision Avoidance Behaviors

The generation of visually guided collision avoidance behaviors is critical for the survival of many animal species. Understanding how such behaviors are generated by the nervous system requires a combination of electrophysiological and behavioral experiments as well as biophysical models describing how sensory information is processed and used to activate the motor system. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the progress that has been made in understanding the neural underpinnings of collision avoidance behaviors with a particular focus on the nervous system of the locust, an insect model system that has proven to be highly suited for their investigation.