Shall We Even Understand the Fly’s Brain?

Gilles Laurent

in 23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195148220
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864676 | DOI:

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

 Shall We Even Understand the Fly’s Brain?

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This chapter focuses on work on olfactory systems. It illustrates two main things: the first is that small systems, and particularly small olfactory systems, seem to use mechanisms and strategies that are not unique to them. The second is that small systems are not at all that simple. It argues that much integrative work is needed to understand the computational organization of olfactory systems. It proposes a systems perspective that is based on experimentation with small olfactory brains.

Keywords: olfactory systems; olfactory brain; flies; small systems

Chapter.  7930 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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