Behavior across the tree of life
Joram Keijser | Technical University Berlin, Germany
Manuel Molano | Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Spain
Gily Ginosar | Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
While modern neuroscience has made significant advances in understanding the neurobiological basis of behavior, many of these findings have been limited to a narrow set of model organisms performing laboratory tasks. However, behavior has evolved across different species and under various environmental conditions, presenting a wealth of insights into the underlying neural mechanisms of natural behaviors. In this workshop, we propose a comparative approach that looks at behaviors across different phylogenetic branches, from bats to naked mole rats to elephants. By examining the similarities and differences of behaviors in these species, we can gain a deeper understanding of the neurobiological basis of behavior and the evolution of neural circuits across different lineages. Our goal is to bring together neuroscientists who study ecologically-relevant behaviors in a range of species, providing a broader perspective on behavior. We believe that this approach will inspire new ways of thinking about behavior and the brain within the computational neuroscience community.