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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2011 Aug;21(4):527-34. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2011.05.030. Epub 2011 Jun 24.

Studying sensorimotor integration in insects.

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19700 Helix Drive, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA 20147, United States.

Abstract

Sensorimotor integration is a field rich in theory backed by a large body of psychophysical evidence. Relating the underlying neural circuitry to these theories has, however, been more challenging. With a wide array of complex behaviors coordinated by their small brains, insects provide powerful model systems to study key features of sensorimotor integration at a mechanistic level. Insect neural circuits perform both hard-wired and learned sensorimotor transformations. They modulate their neural processing based on both internal variables, such as the animal's behavioral state, and external ones, such as the time of day. Here we present some studies using insect model systems that have produced insights, at the level of individual neurons, about sensorimotor integration and the various ways in which it can be modified by context.

PMID:
21705212
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2011.05.030
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