Real neuroscience in virtual worlds

Daniel A Dombeck*, Michael B. Reiser

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) holds great promise as a tool to study the neural circuitry underlying animal behaviors. Here, we discuss the advantages of VR and the experimental paradigms and technologies that enable closed loop behavioral experiments. We review recent results from VR research in genetic model organisms where the potential combination of rich behaviors, genetic tools and cutting edge neural recording techniques are leading to breakthroughs in our understanding of the neural basis of behavior. We also discuss several key issues to consider when performing VR experiments and provide an outlook for the future of this exciting experimental toolkit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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