Organization and Plasticity of Visual Processing in a Miniature Brain

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The visual system of honeybees can learn to recognise newly encountered stimuli like flowers by either comparing sensed information to hardwired exemplars, or potentially the brain can tune itself to particular novel stimuli depending upon the level of experience an individual bee receives. We will investigate at a neural level what fundamental changes occur within the bee brain when individuals become experienced with particular visual stimuli. The project will explore whether honeybee visual processing can suggest novel solutions which may become useful for programming robots or building interfaces between sensing equipment and biological brains.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/01/091/07/12

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD205,000.00
  • Monash University
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)