Understanding the behaviour in animal models

Understanding the behaviour in animal models

2nd - 6th of September 2019

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 Information and tentative program     

With the rapid development of cutting edge methods and techniques in neuroscience, animal models are gaining more attention. With these novel techniques, scientists are able to investigate specific projections and functions in the brain in more detail, and on impressive spatial and temporal scales. But in order to understand these functions, it is undeniably necessary to link changes in neural activity to certain behaviors. For this purpose, scientists fall back on established behavioral tests that claim to study behaviors like memory, social behavior, depression, etc. However, do these behavioral tests actually test what we think they do? Are behavioral tests designed and used the right way? And what is behavior to start with? 

The aim of the summer school is to learn more about the wide range of animal tests that exists for studying different neurological processes. What type of models are available and what do they study? How do you select the appropriate animal model for your research? But more importantly, what is it that we actually study? What behavior do our animal models really show, and how should we interpret them? Which factors are important to keep in mind to create the best optimal conditions to study the behavioral mechanisms we are really interested in?