Successful achievement of the goals of the Priority Program is possible only through tight collaboration between participant groups. This is reflected by the general scheme of investigation that the projects follow. Resolving and/or manipulating neuronal networks at single or multiple scales of complexity is achieved within group 1 (“experimenter”) using experimental tools developed/validated in collaboration with group 2 (“toolmaker”). Analysis of network dynamics and functional/behavioral readout is done together with group 3 (“analyst”), which develops data-constrained models of neuronal interactions.
These “troika” interactions (toolmaker-experimenter-analyst, TEA) between groups ensure a multidisciplinary perspective and guarantee that neurotechnology and computational neuroscience are tightly embedded into a multi-level experimental approach. TEA interactions permit groups with very distinct specialization to collaborate.