Flutura Shabani

Master Student

How do people behave when given the choice of two ice-cream flavors that look identical? Our brains are a bit difficult to understand, layered with complexities in the world and in our imagination. I turn to little zebrafish larvae for help. The fish does not know ice-cream, but it knows how to make decisions. I could try to expose it to something it likes, put two identical such things in front of it, and observe it swim toward one. In its simpler world in a controlled laboratory setting, and its simpler mind, I could tell apart a decision and understand how the fish arrives to it. That is the mission for my master thesis.

Outside the lab, I splash in the lake in summer, and curl under a blanket in winter, usually reading classics.