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Nematode locomotion: dissecting the neuronal–environmental loop
Plasticity in gustatory and nociceptive neurons controls decision making in C. elegans salt navigation
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The results show that regulated sensitivity of these sensory neurons to NaCl allows the animal to dynamically modulate its behavioral response and suggest a role for sensory modulation in balancing exploration and exploitation during foraging.
Plasticity in gustatory and nociceptive neurons controls decision making in C. elegans salt navigation
TLDR
It is shown that plasticity in sensory neurons mediates a behavioral switch in C. elegans between attraction to Na Cl in naïve animals and avoidance of NaCl in preconditioned animals, called gustatory plasticity.
Exploring minimal models of sensory integration in nematode C. elegans
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Surprisingly, it is proved that a fully linear circuit, with rectified motor outputs is sufficient to qualitatively capture complex sensory integration as seen in behavioral data.
Sensory computation and decision making in C. elegans : a computational approach
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This thesis presents a modeling framework, and uses it to implement two detailed models of sensory adaptation and decision making in Caenorhabditis elegans, and predicts that specific sensory neurons may have the capacity to selectively control distinct motor programs.
Understanding plasticity of chemotaxis in C. elegans, a computational model of associative learning
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It is shown that synaptic plasticity fails to explain all results, suggesting a role for cellular plasticity, and the feasibility and importance of an in silico methodology towards understanding sensorimotor pathways and sensory plasticity in C. elegans and in higher animals.