Whitlock lab

ACTIOn in space

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We are a behavioral neuroscience research group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. Our goal is to understand how the brain organizes actions in freely behaving individuals, from the level of basic body posture to the orchestration of entire action sequences. We do this by carefully tracking unrestrained animals in 3D while recording from cell populations in the cerebral cortex. Our further hope is that, by understanding how the brain maps the body in first-person, we may uncover how it maps the behavior of others in a social setting, allowing imitative learning.

Eadweard Muybridge, from 'Animal Locomotion',  1887.

We place a major emphasis on recording freely moving animals in high detail, which is key to building a quantitative account of how neural activity ultimately relates to behavior. Just as the photographic study of motion in the 19th century revealed that all four feet of a horse leave the ground during a gallop, the careful consideration of animal behavior holds the promise of uncovering new insights that are hiding in plain sight. Once we can quantify natural behavior, we can begin to understand the neuronal population codes that generate it.
The Whitlock lab is supported by:
The Kavli Foundation:  http://www.kavlifoundation.org/​
The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU:  https://www.ntnu.edu/kavli
Whitlock group NTNU Site:   https://www.ntnu.edu/kavli/whitlock-group#/view/about

Neuroanatomy images © 2018 Karoline Hovde / Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, images may not be reproduced, reused or redistributed.

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