Schoppik Lab

How does the brain learn to balance?

We're constantly engaged in a vital struggle against gravity. Using a set of unconscious reflexes, we stabilize our bodies. Amazingly, these reflexes adapt as our bodies grow.

We study how developing brains learn to balance.

Control of movement initiation underlies the development of balance

Balance arises from the interplay of external forces acting on the body and internally generated movements. Many animal bodies are inherently unstable, necessitating corrective locomotion to maintain stability. Here we study the interplay among environment, sensation, and action as balance develops in larval zebrafish.

Published in Current Biology, 2017.