Credit: Eric Hoopfer
Sex, Flies, and Videotape
How deep does emotion go? When fear trumps reason, pop psychologists tell us it's the older, reptilian part of our brain taking over. But what brain circuits are really responsible, and how are they wired up?
To answer this very big question, a Caltech neurobiologist, a computer scientist, and a bioengineer have started very small—with Drosophila melanogaster, otherwise known as the common fruit fly.