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Cold Spring Harb Protoc January 1, 2021; 2021 (4):

Analysis of Visual Collision Avoidance in Xenopus Tadpoles.

In teaching, the best exam questions are those that seem simple at first but can lead to deep and nuanced conversations. Similarly, to probe brain development, we should look for behaviors that are easy to evoke and quantify, but that are demanding, malleable, and inherently variable. Visual collision avoidance is an example of such a behavior; it is ecologically relevant, robust, and easy to record, but also nuanced and shaped by the sensory history of the animal. Here we describe how to set up a visual avoidance assay and how to use it to test sensory processing and sensorimotor transformations in the vertebrate brain.

PubMed ID: 33272972
Article link: Cold Spring Harb Protoc

Species referenced: Xenopus tropicalis Xenopus laevis