Team

Jessica Burgstaller
Jessica Burgstaller
PhD student
Phone: +49 89 8578 3266
Miguel Fernandes
Miguel Fernandes
Postdoc
Phone: +49 89 8578 3278
Johannes Larsch
Johannes Larsch
Postdoc
Phone: +49 89 8578 3260
Sylvain Moser
Sylvain Moser
PhD student
Phone: +49 89 8578 3266
Carlos Pantoja
Carlos Pantoja
Postdoc
Phone: +49 89 8578
Eliane Proulx
Eliane Proulx
Postdoc
Phone: +49 89 8578 3277
Ksenia Yashina
Ksenia Yashina
PhD student
Phone: +49 89 8578 3269

(Collaboration with Andreas Herz, LMU Munich)

Genes - Circuits - Behavior: Fish Psychology

Fish psychology: Spatial navigation, social cognition, attention and decision-making

Unsurprisingly, even fish larvae make important choices in life. A few examples: When they are hungry, they are more eager to chase after objects that are normally perceived as threatening. When they are stressed, they may become anxious or unresponsive. When they remember a place where they have recently found food, they are more likely to return there. Our group is investigating these elementary manifestations of motivation and emotion in the fish brain. We are also interested in the integration of higher-order stimuli, such as complex spatial relationships in a maze and the image of other fish, and hope to find neural and genetic underpinnings of such cognitive processes in this tiny vertebrate brain.

 
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