David Eriksson




Universität Freiburg

Institut für Physiologie I


Imagine we’re in an elevator and you have until we reach our floor to pitch your project/idea.

What’s your elevator pitch?

In this project we want to find out how different types of interneurons shape the encoding of visual motion. We expect different roles in different areas preferring different types of motion.

What fascinates you about your project?

Novel optogenetic tools and recording technologies now enable us to record large, distributed populations of identified neurons and to manipulate them while the animal is actively judging its perception.

How did you come to work in the field of Neuroscience?

As a child, the classic: Asking myself whether other people see the same red that I see on my ball. As a student: lectures on visual illusions and conscious perception.

What does your family think you do for a living?

listening to neurons and analysing a LOT of data