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Processing of temporal patterns in the auditory system of grasshoppers

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The decision with whom to mate belongs to the most crucial events in the lifetime of an animal. Using a combination of behavioural tests, electrophysiological recordings and modeling we investigate what cues grasshoppers evaluate to assess a potential mate. For mate recognition grasshoppers rely primarily on the temporal pattern of acoustic signals. When processing such patterns, however, their nervous systems face several problems, for example the trial-to trial variability of spike responses. I will present some new insights how a change of coding principles within the auditory pathway may help to circumvent this problem and how information about a mate’s quality is accumulated.

This talk is part of the Neurons, Brains and Behaviour symposium series.

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