In the presence of threats, our instinctive response is to run away from danger and to reach a safe shelter. Our brain can quickly determine the best trajectory towards safety by considering our internal representation of the surrounded environment. My research focuses on understanding the brain mechanisms that control escape responses, including how information from the external environment (such as visual landmarks) are processed in the brain to help determine the selection of escape route. I combine behavioural assays for innate defensive responses, neurophysiological measurements and optogenetics.
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