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Studying Sensorimotor Processing With Physiology in BehavingDrosophila

Elsevier Science & Technology
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DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-387003-2.00007-0
  • Behavior
  • Circuit Computation
  • Electrophysiology
  • Flying
  • Gcamp
  • Sensorimotor
  • Two-Photon Imaging
  • Walking
  • Biology
  • Medicine


Abstract The neural underpinnings of sensorimotor integration are best studied in the context of well-characterized behavior. A rich trove of Drosophila behavioral genetics research offers a variety of well-studied behaviors and candidate brain regions that can form the bases of such studies. The development of tools to perform in vivo physiology from the Drosophila brain has made it possible to monitor activity in defined neurons in response to sensory stimuli. More recently still, it has become possible to perform recordings from identified neurons in the brain of head-fixed flies during walking or flight behaviors. In this chapter, we discuss how experiments that simultaneously monitor behavior and physiology in Drosophila can be combined with other techniques to produce testable models of sensorimotor circuit function.

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