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Fly visual course control: behaviour, algorithms and circuits Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Vol. 15, No. 9. (13 September 2014), pp. 590-599, doi:10.1038/nrn3799 by Alexander Borst
    abstract = {Understanding how the brain controls behaviour is undisputedly one of the grand goals of neuroscience research, and the pursuit of this goal has a long tradition in insect neuroscience. However, appropriate techniques were lacking for a long time. Recent advances in genetic and recording techniques},
    author = {Borst, Alexander},
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    day = {13},
    doi = {10.1038/nrn3799},
    issn = {1471-003X},
    journal = {Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
    keywords = {biology, embodiment, vision},
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    number = {9},
    pages = {590--599},
    posted-at = {2014-09-09 09:00:23},
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    publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
    title = {Fly visual course control: behaviour, algorithms and circuits},
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    volume = {15},
    year = {2014}

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Fly brains contain a few hundred thousand neurons.

There has been extensive research into the phenomenon that is visually guided flight in flies.

Polarization of light is used by flies for long-range orientation wrt. sun.

Flies' flying and walking behavior is relatively directly influenced by visual stimulation: Basic stimuli that suggest body rotation of the fly will lead to compensatory flying and walking direction.

Flies use translational optic flow to detect impending collisions.

Direct connections from the vision to the motor system lead to highly stereotyped visuomotor behavior in the fly.

The stereotyped visuomotor flying behavior in the fly is mediated by internal states and input from other sensory modalities.