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Events in Physics
Title: Neuroscience-Physics Special Seminar    (Seminar)
Start Date: 03/17/2006
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: 101 LSA
Speaker: Fabrizio Gabbiani (faculty Candidate)
Affiliation: Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
Contact Person: Sharyn O'Keefe   (510) 643-4971

Neural Mechanisms of Collision Avoidance: From Biophysics to Behavior

Visually-guided collision avoidance behaviors are critical to the survival of many animals and provide a context to study neural computations underlying the processing of complex, dynamic stimuli. In the locust visual system, an identified neuron is thought to play a critical role in detecting and tracking objects approaching on a collision course. This talk will address various aspects of the computation performed by this neuron as it tracks approaching objects, the underlying biophysical mechanisms as well as their relation to behavior.