Ilona Grunwald Kadow, TUM Munich: How internal states and needs shape perception and behavior

Talk Ilona Grunwald Kadow, Seewiesen

  • Datum: 20.02.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 13:00 - 14:00
  • Vortragende: Prof. Dr. Ilona Grunwald Kadow
  • TUM Munich
  • Ort: Seewiesen
  • Raum: Seminar Room House 4, Tea & Coffee 12:30h
  • Gastgeber: Dr. Maude Baldwin
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<i>Ilona Grunwald Kadow, TUM Munich</i>: How internal states and needs shape perception and behavior
When interacting with their environment animals constantly make decisions. These decisions frequently aim at maximizingreward while avoiding negative consequences such as energy costs, pain, or long-term disadvantages. Faced with a choice,animals consider and integrate several parameters such as their internal and behavioral state as well as external stimuli.Often decisions are shaped by prior experiences such as exposure to a given stimulus in a certain condition. But preferencesand aversions can be innate, and an instinctive reaction can be essential to secure survival. Nevertheless, even these innatepreferences need to be evaluated in a context-dependent manner and hence, context strongly impinges on behavior. Whileit is generally accepted that context influences behavior, our knowledge of the neural mechanisms of how internal state andexternal conditions alter ongoing behavior is scarce. The goal of my research is to provide a comprehensive understandingof the neural and molecular basis of context-specific behavior. To this end, my group studies how internal states shapechemosensory processing and behavior of the fly.
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