Sensory Coding of Olfactory Stimuli

Geraldine Wright
Mathematical Biosciences Institute, The Ohio State University

(November 13, 2002 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM)

Sensory Coding of Olfactory Stimuli

Abstract

The olfactory system must be able represent a highly variable stimulus in such a way that an animal may recognize similar stimuli and discriminate among dissimilar ones. How an animal generalizes from its experience of an odor mixture to a new experience with another odor mixture may depend on the perceptual similarity of the mixtures. I will discuss behavioral and physiological evidence for odor coding in the olfactory system of insects. I will also discuss my research plans for my time as a postdoc at the MBI.