Engineering principles for detection and control in the vibrissa sensorimotor system

David Kleinfeld


The sensory system of animals is of limited value without the participation of the elaborate motor apparatus that moves the sensors into useful positions. The material in this talk focuses on behavioral and computational aspects of the vibrissa somatosensory system in rat. I will review the experimental evidence for phase-sensitive detection as a model for discriminating contact with an object and as a means to control the position of the vibrissae.