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"Whiskers: A Feel for the Dark", from California Wild, magazine of the CA Academy of Sciences

chinchilla.jpg (22664 bytes) "Nocturnal animals such as this chinchilla rely on their long whiskers to explore a dark, dangerous world." (from above-linked article)

Photograph by Dong Lin.


[Note: many additional research links are listed on our contacts page]

Alison Barth - identifying and characterizing changes in the cells and synapses involved in cortical plasticity, both during development and in adult animals

Manuel Castro-Alamancos - dynamics of thalamo-cortico-thalamic synaptic networks; cellular and network mechanisms of oscillations in neocortex

Reha Erzurumlu - cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying axon-target interactions and patterning of synaptic connections in mammalian sensory pathways...

Kevin Fox and associates - experience-dependent plasticity in barrel cortex...

Mitra Hartmann's lab - neurally inspired sensing and control

Asaf Keller - information processing by local neuronal networks

Ilan Lampl - processing of sensory information in the cerebral cortex

Jim McCasland - development and plasticity of whisker/barrel cortex in rodents

Chris Moore - Cortical Mechanisms of Tactile Perception. The Moore lab is interested in understanding tactile perception, and specifically how rapid changes in neural organization relate to rapid changes in perceptual function. The vibrissa sensory system is a key focus of research in the laboratory, with an emphasis on frequency-dependent information processing.

Miguel Nicolelis - electrophysiological techniques for carrying out long-term simultaneous recordings of the extracellular activity of up to 128 single neurons distributed across multiple levels of somatosensory and motor pathways in behaving animals...

Dan Simons' Lab - brain circuitry and neuronal information processing in the somatosensory system

Ed White - Development of synaptic patterns in cerebral cortex; electron microscopic 3-D reconstruction

Tom Woolsey - BARREL WEB! Somatosensory barrels of the rodent central nervous system are used by neuroscientists to study sensory function and development...

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Organizations and Groups

The Adaptive Behaviour Research Group, Psychology Dept., Univ. of Sheffield, England. A multidisciplinary group whose aim is to understand animal behavior by studying models of neural circuitry and the robotic behavior that results from the use of such models.

Artificial Mouse Project: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland
Our lab is developing a multisensory robot equipped with visual sensors and an artificial whisker system in order to perform robot experiments on navigation and learning based on multisensory cues. It will serve as a means for validating models of multi-modal and sensorimotor information processing gained from neurophysiological experiments and neural modelling. The project will investigate the interdependence of sensory morphology (mechanical whisker properties, arrangement within whisker array) and the processing of the sensory signals. Active sensing (body motion and whisking behaviour) will be studied to derive insights in the sensorimotor control system and underlying perception. ...

The Neuroprosthesis Research Organization is a privately funded non-profit organization dedicated to providing science news information and advice to individuals with chronic electrode implants in their brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system and/or muscles. We raise funds for visual, auditory and sensorimotor neuroprosthesis, sensorimotor substitution, human brain-computer interaction and healthcare oriented biomorphic robotics related research. Many of our visitors are scientists, students, writers, journalists, artists, who are interested in neural prosthesis research. Our goal in the long term is to strive towards developing biomorphic external control of robotic devices and/or functional electrical stimulation while requiring the minimum possible in terms of invasive implants to obtain neural intention signals for artificial motor control. 

Society for Neuroscience

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