Neuronal processing in lower species
Neuronal processing in lower species

Earlier studies of the PI and his collaborators have exploited a simple invertebrate model system (the leech) to investigate sensorimotor integration (Arisi et al., 2001; Zoccolan & Torre, 2002; Zoccolan et al., 2002; Garcia-Perez et al, 2004) and decision making (Garcia-Perez et al, 2005), while applying and developing computer vision approaches and signal processing tools for the quantitive analysis of motor behavior (Zoccolan et al, 2001; Mazzoni et al, 2005)

See below for a complete list of our neurophysiological studies.

Selected articles
Quantitative characterization and classification of leech behavior
Mazzoni A, Garcia-Perez E, Zoccolan D, Graziosi S, Torre V (2005)
J. Neurophysiol.: 93:580-93
Statistics of decision making in the leech
Garcia-Perez E, Mazzoni A, Zoccolan D, Robinson HP, Torre V (2005)
J. Neurosci.: 25, 2597-608
Dynamics and reproducibility of a moderately complex sensory-motor response in the medicinal leech
Garcia-Perez E, Zoccolan D, Pinato G, Torre V (2004)
J. Neurophysiol.:
Highly variable spike trains underlie reproducible sensory-motor responses in the leech
Zoccolan D, Pinato G, Torre V (2002)
J. Neurosci.: 22, 10790-800
Using optical flow to characterize sensory-motor interactions in a segment of the medicinal leech
Zoccolan D, Torre V (2002)
J. Neurosci.: 22, 2283-98
The use of optical flow to characterize muscle contraction
Zoccolan D, Giachetti A, Torre V (2001)
J. Neurosci. Methods: 110, 65-80
Distributed motor pattern underlying whole-body shortening in the medicinal leech
Arisi I, Zoccolan D, Torre V (2001)
J. Neurophys. : 86, 2475-88