First 3D simulation of rat’s complete whisker system acts as a tactile ‘camera’: Model gives rare insight into how rats use whiskers to actively sense their natural environments

Northwestern University engineers have developed the first full, three-dimensional (3D), dynamic simulation of a rat's complete whisker system, offering rare, realistic insight into how rats obtain tactile information. Called WHISKiT, the new model incorporates 60 individual whiskers, which are each anatomically, spatially and geometrically correct. The technology could help researchers predict how whiskers activate different…
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