Friday, 25 August 2017

When fish swim in the holodeck


Virtual worlds allow new experimental designs for the study of brain function

Date: August 21, 2017
Source: University of Vienna

Summary:
Standard behavior experiments to investigate behavior in popular lab animals only incompletely mimic natural conditions. The understanding of behavior and brain function is thus limited. Virtual Reality helps in generating a more natural experimental environment but requires immobilization of the animal, disrupting sensorimotor experience and causing altered neuronal and behavioral responses. Researchers have now developed a VR system for freely moving animals to overcome most of these limitations.


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