A neurobiologist using invertebrate model systems to study the neurobiology of behavior: how do brains decide what to do next? More
 Prof. Dr. Björn Brembs - bjoern@brembs.net

Contact Information: Universität Regensburg
Institute of Zoology - Neurogenetics
Universitätsstrasse 31
93040 Regensburg, Germany
Phone: +49 941 943 3117

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Why did the moth fly into the flame? (PDF)

The tendency of insects to approach a light is not a hardwired behavior. Instead, flies first evaluate the status of their flight apparatus, before deciding whether to aproach or to avoid light.


Plasticity in motorneurons necessary for operant self-learning (PDF)

Inhibiting the enzyme Protein Kinase C specifically in motorneurons prevents a form of motor learning, operant self learning.


Common laboratory strains differ in behavior and genomes (PDF1, PDF2)

All laboratories keep reference wild type strains. Over time, each such strain evolves, until the strains differ in their genomes and behavior - despite keeping the same name in the literature.


A root of language in fruit flies (PDF)

The human language-related FOXP2 gene and its orthologue in flies, dFoxP, share their function in a specific form of motor learning, operant self-learning.

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