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Beyond the wiring diagram of the lamina ganglionaris in the fly

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Braitenberg,  V
Former Department Structure and Function of Natural Nerve-Net, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Burkhardt,  W
Former Department Structure and Function of Natural Nerve-Net, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Braitenberg, V., & Burkhardt, W. (1976). Beyond the wiring diagram of the lamina ganglionaris in the fly. In F. Zettler, & R. Weiler (Eds.), Neural principles in vision (pp. 238-244). Berlin, Germany: Springer.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-F188-C
Abstract
The recent upgrading of neuroanatomy among neurological sciences has been due largely to our feeling that fiber patterns may be viewed as electronic circuit diagrams and in some cases may be directly related with patterns of behavior. We thought we had found such a case in the visual system of some insects, where both quantitative behavioral analyses and histology had reached a degree of clarity which seemed to warrant fruitful comparisons. We will show how several years of research in this field have made it increasingly clear that as long as the components of the network are not fully understood, little can be inferred from the pattern of their connections. As an illustration, we shall briefly describe four cases, all referring to the first visual ganglion, the Lamina ganglionaris of the house fly