The neural basis of action and learning

In our laboratory, we study how brains generate spontaneous behavior, how they evaluate the sensory feedback from these actions and how different states of the animal influence the way these processes take place.

Our various research projects are motivated by the general insight that brains are active organs: rather than passively responding to external stimuli, brains actively initiate behaviors to probe the environment and then evaluate its response in order to gain the maximum amount of control.

Because we believe these to be very fundamental aspects of general brain function, common to all brains, we study the nervous system of invertebrates, mainly the fruit fly Drosophila . We test wild type, mutant and transgenic flies in various behavioral paradigms for deficits in spontaneous behavior, operant learning, attention-like processes, decision-making, motivation or motor control.

We are based at the University of Regensburg. Below a picture of the laboratory members (click for a larger version):

Top, from the left: Udeerna Ippagunta, Björn Brembs, Andreas Ehweiner, Sophia Hupp, Amelie Hauser, Melis Öztibet. Bottom: Silvia Marcato, Radostina Lyutova, Marcela Loza-Hillares, Parva Nasimi

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