Continuous lateral oscillations as a mechanism for taxis in Drosophila larvae (Wystrach et al 2016)

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" ...Our analysis of larvae motion reveals a rhythmic, continuous lateral oscillation of the anterior body, encompassing all head-sweeps, small or large, without breaking the oscillatory rhythm. Further, we show that an agent-model that embeds this hypothesis reproduces a surprising number of taxis signatures observed in larvae. Also, by coupling the sensory input to a neural oscillator in continuous time, we show that the mechanism is robust and biologically plausible. ..."
1 . Wystrach A, Lagogiannis K, Webb B (2016) Continuous lateral oscillations as a core mechanism for taxis in Drosophila larvae. Elife [PubMed]
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Model Type: Connectionist Network;
Brain Region(s)/Organism: Drosophila;
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Simulation Environment: MATLAB (web link to model); Mathematica (web link to model);
Model Concept(s): Oscillations; Action Selection/Decision Making; Activity Patterns; Invertebrate;
Implementer(s): Wystrach, Antoine ; Lagogiannis, Konstantinos ; Webb, Barbara ;
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