The Neurochemical Basis of Cricket Phonotaxis
Supervisor: Dr Berthold Hedwig
Female crickets are attracted by the continuous calling songs of males. We have a good understanding how the males singing behavior is controlled by neurotransmitters released in the brain, however, we only have a very limited understanding, which transmitters and neuroactive substances control female phonotactic behavior. To tackle this problem, female crickets phonotactic behavior will be measured with a trackball system, while different neurotransmitters are microinjected into the brain. A change in the fenales behavior will indicate the efficiency of the pharmacological tests.
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