Flexibility of Neuronal Codes: Adaptation to stimulus statistics in a mechanosensorial neuron firing in bursts. Sara Arganda, 2009. Awarded the "Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado" (Excellence PhD Award) by the Faculty of Medicine of the UAM. pdf

Wiring economy in the first stage of visual processing in Drosophila Melanogaster. Marta Rivera Alba, 2011. pdf

Optimization Principles in Neurobiology and Collective Behavior. Alfonso Pérez Escudero, July 26, 2013. Thesis (pdf) - Cover - Presentation (ppt)



A. Pérez-Escudero, J. Vicente-Page, R.C. Hinz, S. Arganda, G.G. de Polavieja, idTracker: Tracking individuals in a group by automatic identification of unmarked animals, Nature Methods (pdf) (web) software at

S. Gradari, P. Pérez-Dómper, R.G. Butler, C. Martínez-Cué, G.G. de Polavieja, J.L. Trejo, 'Involvement of specific adult hippocampal neurogenic subpopulations on behavior acquisition and persistence abilities' (submitted)

A. Dell, J. A. Bender, K. Branson, I. D. Couzin, G. G. de Polavieja, L. P.J.J. Noldus, A. Pérez-Escudero, P. Perona, A. D. Straw, M. Wikelski, and U. Brose, 'The role of automated tracking in ecology', Trends in Ecology and Evolution (pdf) (web)

M. Rivera-Alba, H. Peng, G.G. de Polavieja and D.B. Chklovskii, 'Wiring economy can account for cell body placement across species and brain areas' Current Biology 24, R109–R110 (2014) (pdf) (web)


A. Sorribes, H. Þorsteinsson, H. Arnardóttir, I. H. Jóhannesdóttir, B. Sigurgeirsson, G. G. De Polavieja and K. Æ. Karlsson, 'The ontogeny of sleep-wake cycles in zebrafish: a comparison to humans'. Front. Neural Circuits 7:178. doi:10.3389/fncir.2013.00178 (2013) paper

A. Pérez-Escudero, N. Miller, A. T. Hartnett, S. Garnier, I.D. Couzin & G.G. de Polavieja, 'Estimation models describe well collective decisions among three options', PNAS vol. 110 no. 37 E3466-E3467 pdf - pnas

T. Pietri, A.C. Roman, N. Guyon, S. A. Romano, P. Washbourne, C. B. Moens, G. de Polavieja, G. Sumbre, 'The first mecp2-null zebrafish model shows altered motor behaviors', Frontiers in Neural Circuits 7:118. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2013.00118 paper

J. Wu, A.C. Roman, J.M. Carvajal-González, M. Mlodzik, 'Wg and Wnt4 provides long-range directional input to planar cell polarity orientation in Drosophila', Nat Cell Biol doi: 10.1038/ncb2806 (2013).


S. Arganda, A. Perez-Escudero & G.G. de Polavieja, 'A common rule for decision-making in animal collectives across species' PNAS 109(50):20508-20513 pdf

J. M. Carvajal-González, D. Gravotta, R. Mattera, F. Diaz, A. Perez Bay, A. C. Roman, R. P. Schreiner, R. Thuenauer, J. S. Bonifacino & E. Rodriguez-Boulan, Basolateral sorting of the coxsackie and adenovirus receptor through interaction of a canonical YXXPhi motif with the clathrin adaptors AP-1A and AP-1B, PNAS 109: 3820-5 (2012) paper


M. Rivera-Alba, S. N. Vitaladevuni, Y. Mischenko, Z. Lu, S. Takemura, L. Scheffer, I. A. Meinertzhagen, D. B. Chklovskii & G. de Polavieja, Wiring economy and volume exclusion determine neuronal placement in the Drosophila brain, Current Biology 21, 2000 (2011) pdf

A. Perez-Escudero & G. G. de Polavieja, 'Collective Animal Behavior from Bayesian Estimation and Probability Matching', PLoS Comp. Biol. 7(11): e1002282 (2011) paper

A. Sorribes, B. G. Armendariz, D. Lopez-Pigozzi, C. Murga & G. de Polavieja, 'Origin of behavioral bursts in decision-making circuitry', PLoS Comput Biol 7(6): e1002075. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002075 (2011) paper


L. Prieto-Godino & G. de Polavieja, 'Brain Activity at 70–80 Hz Changes during Olfactory Stimulation Protocols in Drosophila, PLoS ONE 5(9): e12867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012867 (2010) paper

A. Pérez-Escudero, C. Dorronsoro, S. Marcos (2010) Correlation between radius and asphericity in surfaces fitted by conics. JOSAA 27(7):1541-1548. Reprinted in The Virtual Journ al for Biomedical Optics 5(11), 2010

P. Pérez Merino M.C. Martinez-Garcia, S. Mar-Sardaña, A. Perez-Escudero, T. Blanco-Mezquita, A. Mayo-Iscar, J. Merayo-Lloves (2010) Corneal Light Transmission and Roughness after Refractive Surgery. Optom Vis Sci 87(7):E469-74

S. Kling, L. Remon, A. Pérez-Escudero, J. Merayo-Lloves, S. Marcos (2010) Corneal biomechanical changes after collagen cross-linking from porcine eye inflation experiments Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 51(8):3961-8


A. Perez-Escudero, M. Rivera-Alba & G. G. de Polavieja, 'Structure of deviations from optimality in biological systems', PNAS 106, 20544-20549 (2009) pdf Lab Book (category 'Stochastic Optimization')

Nikolaev, A., Zheng, L., Wardill, T.J., O'Cane, C.J., de Polavieja, G.G. & Juusola, M.Network adaptation improves temporal representation of naturalistic stimuli in Drosophila eye: II mechanisms, PLoS One 4(1): e4306. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004306 (2009) paper

Zheng, L., Nikolaev, A., Wardill, T.J., O'Cane, C.J., de Polavieja, G.G. & Juusola, M. Network adaptation improves temporal representation of naturalistic stimuli in Drosophila eye: I dynamics, PLoS One 4(1): e4307. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004307 (2009) paper

A. Pérez-Escudero, C. Dorronsoro, L. Sawides, L. Remón, J. Merayo-Lloves, S. Marcos (2009) Minor influence of Myopic Laser In Situ Keratomileusis on the Posterior Corneal Surface. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009, 50: 4146-4154 pdf


S. Arganda, R. Guantes & G. G. de Polavieja, 'Sodium pumps adapt spike bursting to stimulus statistics', Nature Neuroscience 10, 1467-1473 (2007) pdf

A. Perez-Escudero & G.G. de Polavieja, 'Optimally wired subnetwork determines neuroanatomy in C. elegans', PNAS 104, 17180-17185 (2007) paper (open access)
Juusola, M., Robinson, H.P.C. & de Polavieja, G.G., 'Coding with spike shapes and graded potentials in cortical networks', BioEssays 29 178-187 (2007) pdf

Before 2007

G. G. de Polavieja, 'Neural algorithms that detect the temporal order of events', Neural Computation 18, 2102-2121 (2006) pdf

A. Martín-Peña, A. Acebes, J. Rodríguez, A. Sorribes, G. G. de Polavieja, P. Fernández-Fúnez & A. Ferrús, 'Age-independent synaptogenesis by PI3K', Journal of Neuroscience 26, 10199-1028 (2006) pdf

L. Zheng, G. G. de Polavieja, V. Wolfram, M. H. Asyali, R. C. Hardie, & M. Juusola, 'Feedback network controls photoreceptor output at the layer of first visual synapses in Drosophila', J. Gen. Physiol.127, 495 (2006) pdf

G. G. de Polavieja*, A. Harsh, I. Kleppe, H. Robinson & M. Juusola* (*, corresponding authors), Stimulus history reliably shapes the action potential waveform of cortical neurons, Journal of Neuroscience 25, 5657-5665 (2005) pdf

R. Guantes & G. G. de Polavieja, 'Variability in noise-driven integartor neurons', Phys. Rev. E 71, 011911 (2005) pdf

G. G. de Polavieja, 'Biological tranformations maximizing the information transfer within realistic constraints', Phys. Rev. E 70, 061910 (2004) pdf

A. Nabatiyan, J.F.A Poulet, G. G. de Polavieja & B. Hedwig, 'Temporal pattern recognition based on instantaneous discharge rate coding in a simple auditory system', J. Neurophysiol. 90, 2484-2493 (2003) pdf

Mikko Juusola & G. G. de Polavieja, 'Rate of information transfer of naturalistic graded signals', J. Gen. Physiology 122, 191-206 (2003) pdf

G. G. de Polavieja, 'Errors drive the volution of biological signalling to costly codes', J. Theor. Biol. 214, 657-664 (2002) pdf

J.F. Poyatos y G. G. de Polavieja,'Controlling quantum transport by state synthesis in ion traps', Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 3166-3169 (1999) pdf

G. G. de Polavieja, 'Noncyclic geometric phase shift for quantal revivals', Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 1-5 (1998) pdf

G. G. de Polavieja, 'Exponential divergence of neighbouring quantal trajectories', Phys. Rev. A 57, 3184-3187 (1998) pdf

G. G. de Polavieja & E. Sjoqvist, 'Extending the quantal adiabatic theorem: geometry of noncyclic motion', Am. J. Phys. 66, 431-438 (1998) pdf

G. G. de Polavieja, 'Geometric phase in the causal quantum theories', Phys. Lett. A 236, 296-300 (1997)

G. G. de Polavieja, 'Galilean invariant structure of the geometric phase', Phys. Lett. A 232, 1-3 (1997)

G. G. de Polavieja, 'A causal quantum theory in phase space', Phys. Lett. A 220, 303-314 (1996)

G. G. de Polavieja, M.S. Child, 'Quantum instability of the coherent state flux lines', Phys. Rev. E 55, 1451-1456 (1997)

G. G. de Polavieja, 'Exponential divergence of neighboring quantal trajectories', Phys. Rev. A 53, 2059-2062 (1996)

G. G. de Polavieja. 'Nonstatistical quantum-classical correspondence in phase space', Found. Phys. Lett. 9, 411-424 (1996)

G. G. de Polavieja, N. Fulton, J. Tennyson, 'Quantum transport, recurrence and localization in H3+', Mol. Phys. 87, 651-667 (1996)

J. Tennyson , N. Fulton, G. Garcia de Polavieja, 'Highly excited of H3+ in the frequency and time domain', Intramolecular Dynamics in the Frequancy and Time Domains (M.S. Child y M.M. Law, ed.), Collaborative Computational project on Heavy Particle Dynamics (CCP6), 3-4 (1995) G. G. de Polavieja, 

N. Fulton, J. Tennyson, 'Coarse-grained spectra, dynamics and quantum phase-space structures', Mol. Phys. 83, 361-379 (1994) pdf

G. G. de Polavieja, F. Borondo y R. Benito, 'Scars in groups of eigenstates in classically chaotic systems', Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 1613 -1616(1994)