We seek to understand how the brain encodes behaviorally relevant information. To drive the full range of neural computations performed by the brain, we test the limits of perception and learning in insects using naturalistic stimuli. Currently we focus on the following questions:
We address these questions in insects that have evolved to solve specific tasks, such as olfactory learning and navigation, and we use Drosophila to test the causal relationship between neuronal activity and behavior by exploiting the genetic toolkit for silencing, stimulating and monitoring activity in identified neurons. The methods we use are comprised of behavioral analysis, functional imaging and electrophysiology.
BMBF, Bernstein Focus : Learning (2009-2015)
Remembrance of things (just) past – mechanisms underlying ephemeral memory traces revealed by classical conditioning of temporally disjunct stimuli