Research Wrapup

Overall, my research project was a project that I found very engaging and rewarding. To have started with absolutely nothing, and to have by the end coded a functioning Antennal Lobe is an immensely rewarding achievement.

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Week 7: Sensory Integration

Last week we finished up the coding of mechanosensory stimulation. This week, we are finally able to observe the effects of  combining odor stimulation with mechanosensory stimulation.

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Week 6: Modeling Mechanosensory Stimulation

Last week we finished tuning odor stimulation. This week, we move on to a new type of stimulation: mechanosensory. Mechanosensory stimulation is the result of physical stimuli, such as wind against skin while moving. Preliminary studies have shown that mechanosensory stimulation indeed has an effect on the firing rate in the Antennal Lobe, so we are interested in how the combination of mechanosensory stimulation and odor stimulation leads to sensory perception. In order to study this, we first must code mechanosensory stimulation.

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Week 5: Tuning Triphasic Odor Response

Last week we successfully coded odor stimulation. Now, we need to make sure that our model responds to it properly. Odor stimulus elicits a triphasic response within Antennal Lobe projection neurons (PNs).

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Week 4: Modeling Odor Stimulation

With the entire Antennal Lobe in place, it’s time to add some stimulus! We are going to start with odor stimulus, which is encoded by olfactory receptor neurons and sent to the Antennal Lobe. To start, we will go over some of the requirements of our odor pulses.

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