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Neural Mechanisms of Action-Selection During Sensory Conflict

Project description

Neuronal mechanisms of selecting an appropriate action

Neuronal mechanisms of action selection, or how the brain evaluates sensory conflicting options and selects an appropriate action, remains unknown. The EU-funded CourtEscape project aims to study neural mechanisms that govern the selection between competing options. Researchers will develop a novel assay where Drosophila fruit fly males will be confronted with visual threats during mating creating a conflict between survival and reproduction. The objective is to identify neurons whose involvement prevents males from blocking courtship in response to the threat, using optogenetic tools in combination with a behavioural screen. The ultimate goal of the project is to build a map of the neural network of action selection.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham