Team

Anna Kramer
Anna Kramer
PhD student
Phone: +49 89 8578 3298
Fumi Kubo
Fumi Kubo
Research Group Leader
Phone: +49 89 8578 3297
Yunmin Wu
Yunmin Wu
PhD student
Phone: +49 89 8578 3297

Genes - Circuits - Behavior: Optic Flow Processing

Optic flow processing

Fumi Kubo group

A set of space-filling black-and-white stripes that move around the fish evoke two characteristic behaviors. When the stripes move around the fish, the animal’s eyes make jerky movements from side to side in pursuit of the drifting grating (optokinetic response). When the stripes drift alongside the fish, then the fish swim with the perceived direction of movement (optomotor response). We have discovered that the brain distinguishes between these types of motion with the help of specialized neurons in the pretectum (the fish’s accessory optic system). The aim of the optic flow group is to understand the wiring diagram of the pretectal area serving this task

 
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