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Behavioral and Neurobiological Bases of Cue-based Learning and Memory
France (ANEMF) - University of Toulouse, Toulouse
Research Center on Animal Cogntion, Toulouse
Professeur Martin Giurfa
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
We study learning and memory at different organisation levels, from behavior
to molecules. We use to this end 'bottom-up' and 'top-down' approaches, which
allow an integrative study of learning and memory. We prioritize a multidisciplinary
approach combining research tools from neuroethology, experimental psychology,
ethology, neurobiology, computational neurosciences and molecular biology.
Our main objective is to characterize and understand the rules underlying learning
and memory in animals and to identify the neuronal substrate and mechanisms
responsible for such capacities.
Invertebrate (honeybees Apis mellifera, fruit flies Drosophila melanogaster, and ants Camponotus spp.) are used in a comparative way to understand the evolutionary and ecological basis of problem solving and learning in animals.
Two main sensory modalities are studied in this context: vision and olfaction.
Visual learning and cognition in unrestrained animals allows uncovering the cognitive sophistication of the nervous systems studied under different cases of problem solving.
Olfactory learning and cognition usually studied in the laboratory under controlled conditions and with restrained animals, allows addressing the problem of the neural substrate of learning and memory.
Preliminary readings will be provided by the research team.
The student will participate in basic research projects, feasible in a short period of time. It is expected that his/her work will be at least presented in the form of a poster in national or international conferences depending on its impact.
What are the practical skills and the knowledge the student will acquire during the exchange programme?
Neurobiological tools for the study of invertebrate learning and memory. Different tools will be used depending on the project considered.
Further information can be found from the following articles:
Behavioral and neural analysis of associative learning in the honeybee: a taste from the magic well. Giurfa M. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2007 Aug;193(8):801-24. Epub 2007 Jul 17. Review.
You can visit this website:
What is the aim of the project?
What techniques and methods are used?
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
No legal limitations. Knowledge on learning theories will be helpful.
For the use of students considering participating in the project, further information can be
found from the following articles:
Behavioral and neural analysis of associative learning in the honeybee: a taste from the magic well. Giurfa M. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2007
Aug;193(8):801-24. Epub 2007 Jul 17. Review.
You can visit this website:http://cognition.ups-tlse.fr
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students
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