Continuous lateral oscillations as a mechanism for taxis in Drosophila larvae (Wystrach et al 2016)

" ...Our analysis of larvae motion reveals a rhythmic, continuous lateral oscillation of the anterior body, encompassing all head-sweeps, small or large, without breaking the oscillatory rhythm. Further, we show that an agent-model that embeds this hypothesis reproduces a surprising number of taxis signatures observed in larvae. Also, by coupling the sensory input to a neural oscillator in continuous time, we show that the mechanism is robust and biologically plausible. ..."

Model Type: Connectionist Network

Region(s) or Organism(s): Drosophila

Model Concept(s): Oscillations; Action Selection/Decision Making; Activity Patterns; Invertebrate

Simulation Environment: MATLAB (web link to model); Mathematica (web link to model)

Implementer(s): Wystrach, Antoine ; Lagogiannis, Konstantinos ; Webb, Barbara


Wystrach A, Lagogiannis K, Webb B. (2016). Continuous lateral oscillations as a core mechanism for taxis in Drosophila larvae. eLife. 5 [PubMed]

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