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Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150101172 [ 2015-06-30 - 2019-06-29 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150101172]

Researchers: Dr Andrew Barron (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Ken Cheng (Chief Investigator) ,  Dr Ajay Narendra (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Jochen Zeil (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Rudiger Wehner (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Navigating brains: the neurobiology of spatial cognition. Navigation is one of the most crucial and most challenging problems animals face. Behavioural analyses have shown that animals make use of a number of different mechanisms to navigate, but very little is known of how different forms of spatial information are processed and integrated by the brain. The project aims to tackle this by placing tethered ants in a virtual-reality simulation of their real environment allowing precise control of visual navigational cues, as well as the opportunity to study the brains of the tethered ants as they solve the real-world challenge of finding home. This may reveal how simple brains efficiently solve navigational tasks, which may inform both cognitive biology and bio-inspired computation.

Funding Amount $913,900

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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