October, 2021

23oct2:30 pm3:30 pmBig Eyes and Tiny BrainsUnderstanding Motion Detection Through the Eyes of a Fly2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Senate House, University of LondonEvent Type :FREE event,Talks, Walks & Tours

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Whether you’re watching shooting stars on a warm summer night or engaged in a first-person videogame of Grand Theft Auto, your visual system is capturing and processing information about colours, contrasts, spots of light and dark, and perhaps most importantly – of motion, or the time-varying positions of various objects in space. How is motion detected and encoded by the cells in your visual system? What is the simplest circuit needed to perceive motion?

Dr Vilaiwan Fernandes is a developmental neurobiologist at University College London. Her lab uses fruit flies (which like us have high-acuity vision) to study how maps of visual space are represented in the visual system during development. She will present a short lecture on motion vision, including theoretical models of motion detection and how studies in fruit flies have helped test and validate this theory.

FREE – but pre-booking is essential

Big Eyes and Tiny Brains
Big Eyes and Tiny Brains

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