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Multisensory systems integration for high-performance motor control in flies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20202821     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Engineered tracking systems 'fuse' data from disparate sensor platforms, such as radar and video, to synthesize information that is more reliable than any single input. The mammalian brain registers visual and auditory inputs to directionally localize an interesting environmental feature. For a fly, sensory perception is challenged by the extreme performance demands of high speed flight. Yet even a fruit fly can robustly track a fragmented odor plume through varying visual environments, outperforming any human engineered robot. Flies integrate disparate modalities, such as vision and olfaction, which are neither related by spatiotemporal spectra nor processed by registered neural tissue maps. Thus, the fly is motivating new conceptual frameworks for how low-level multisensory circuits and functional algorithms produce high-performance motor control.
Mark A Frye
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review     Date:  2010-03-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in neurobiology     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1873-6882     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Neurobiol.     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-09     Completed Date:  2011-01-24     Revised Date:  2013-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111376     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Neurobiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  347-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Physiological Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 90095, USA. <>
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MeSH Terms
Afferent Pathways / anatomy & histology,  physiology
Diptera / anatomy & histology,  physiology*
Flight, Animal / physiology
Movement / physiology
Nerve Net / physiology*
Smell / physiology*
Vision, Ocular / physiology*
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//Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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