Configurations of neurons in networks are able to create specific behaviours (PhD)

Configurations of neurons in networks are able to create specific behaviours, for example oscillations in Central Pattern Generators[2].  Of particular interest, some architectures are multifunctional and able to generate more than one pattern of output.  In some relatively simple organisms such the leech, locust and tadpole some of the mechanisms which modulate the different network states of multifunctional circuits underlying locomotion are beginning to become understood[1].  Over the course of this Ph.D, I will investigate the mechanisms involved in the control of swimming in hatchling Xenopus laevis tadpoles; in particular how the neuronal architecture is able to support both fictive swimming and struggling behaviours in response to different sensory stimulation[6] and the extent to which network activity depends on the detailed properties of the different neuron types forming its components.

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