Detection of target odors in cluttered environments
Summary of talk: The sense of smell provides for many mammalian species the primary source of information about their environment. It is critical for finding food, for avoiding predators, and for social interactions. Because such important stimuli are always accompanied by background odors, their detection and identification depends on the ability to segregate them from the background. I will describe our efforts to understand how the mammalian olfactory segments olfactory scenes and identifies behaviorally-relevant stimuli.