Department: Zoology
Faculty: Life Sciences
Tel Aviv University

Prof. Golani Ilan, Emeritus

Research topic: Exploratory behavior and management of attention. Model organisms: mice, fruit flies, autistic human babies.

Research methods: Algorithmic video-based analysis of animal and human behavior, exploratory data analysis, computational approach to behavior, Dynamic systems, Movement Notation.

Main projects in the lab include:

  1. Diagnosing autistic features in free exploratory behavior of human babies (toddlers) and using these features in search for mouse models of autism (characterizing patterns of management of attention in toddlers and in mouse models of autism).
  2. Cognitive and emotional aspects of exploratory behavior in fruit flies.
  3. Cognitive and emotional aspects of free exploratory behavior in mice
  4. Animal models of autism
  5. Recursion in animal exploratory behavior (might be of interest to students in Linguistics).

Studies are performed in close collaboration with Prof. Yoav Benjamini, Dept. of Statistics.  Study on autism will be performed in collaboration with Dr. Hanna Alonim of the Mifne center (http://www.mifne-autism.com/)