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Bodznick, David Whitman Center Scientist, Whitman Center


Neuroethology, sensory information processing in vertebrate brains. A principal function of sensory information processing in the brains of vertebrates is the detection of weak biologically-relevant sensory signals in a “noisy” environment. One source of sensory interference or noise is an animal’s own movements. For example, the brain must distinguish between salient movements in our visual world and the apparent movements created when we move our own eyes. Understanding the brain’s mechanisms of detecting signals in self-generated noise is one of the goals of our research on the electrosensory system of elasmobranch fishes. For most of our studies we use the little skate, Raja erinacea, an elasmobranch fish, which has a well-developed electrosense and is abundant in Long Island Sound.

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