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Methods in Insect Sensory Neuroscience
     

Methods in Insect Sensory Neuroscience

by Thomas A. Christensen
 

ISBN-10: 0849320240

ISBN-13: 9780849320248

Pub. Date: 12/06/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Insects are among the most diverse and adaptable organisms on Earth. They have long been our chief competitors for food and are responsible for spreading devastating afflictions such as malaria and encephalitis. The insects’ ability to thrive is due in large part to their well-developed sensory systems, which present a host of novel physiological, biochemical

Overview

Insects are among the most diverse and adaptable organisms on Earth. They have long been our chief competitors for food and are responsible for spreading devastating afflictions such as malaria and encephalitis. The insects’ ability to thrive is due in large part to their well-developed sensory systems, which present a host of novel physiological, biochemical, and behavioral attributes that underlie their remarkable feats of sensory performance.
Methods in Insect Neuroscience is the first text to showcase the tremendous variety of methods that are available to study the sensory capabilities of insects. It covers the complete spectrum of sensory modalities in insects, from vision and audition, to chemoreception and multimodal processing. The book is designed to serve as a how to guide for putting into practice a wide range of techniques, including behavioral observation, brain imaging, single- and multi-unit electrophysiology, computer modeling/signal processing, and robotics to address innumerable questions.
A truly multidisciplinary synthesis of neurobiological, behavioral, and computational approaches to sensory-information processing is most likely to yield our richest understanding of the mechanisms that underlie sensation and perception. In that spirit, this book contains chapters by leading neuroethologists, comparative biologists, neuroscientists, computational biologists, geneticists, and bioengineers who have adopted insects as their models. Their hard work and dedication is evident in the quality of detail contained in every chapter.
This book is intended for seasoned neuroscientists looking for state-of-the-art information, as well as discussions on the open-ended questions facing sensory neuroscience today. It is also intended as a primer for newcomers utilizing insects to embark on a study of sensory mechanisms.The opening section provides background information and references about the basic organization of the insect brain and the behavioral strategies used by insects to navigate their complex and varied environments. The latter sections are designed to provide more detailed information about specific sensory modalities and the tools that are used to study them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780849320248
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/06/2004
Series:
Frontiers in Neuroscience Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Multimodal Signal Integration and Behavior
Multisensory Processing in the Insect Brain, Uwe Homberg
Methods in Insect Sensory Ecology, Mattias C. Larsson and Glenn P. Svensson
Mechanosensation and Audition
The Chordotonal Organ: A Uniquely Invertebrate Mechanoreceptor , Lawrence H. Field
Mechanosensory Integration for Flight Control in Insects, Mark A. Frye and John R. Gray
Auditory Processing of Acoustic Communication Signals:
Sensory Biophysics, Neural Coding, and Discrimination of
Conspecific Songs, Andreas V.M. Herz, Jan Benda, Tim Gollisch, Christian K. Machens,
Roland Schaette, Hartmut Schütze, and Martin B. Stemmler
Vision
Modern Optical Tools for Studying Insect Eyes, Doekele G. Stavenga
Novel Approaches to Visual Information Processing in Insects: Case Studies on
Neuronal Computations in the Blowfly, Martin Egelhaaf, Jan Grewe, Katja Karmeier, Roland Kern, Rafael Kurtz, and Anne-Kathrin Warzecha
Bioinspired Sensors: From Insect Eyes to Robot Vision. F. Claire Rind
Molecular Characterization of Chemosensory Systems
Analysis of Taste Receptors in Drosophila, Jennifer J. Perry, Anupama Dahanukar, and John R. Carlson
Combining Molecular, Physiological, and Behavioral Tools to Study
Insect Olfactory Processing, Alan J. Nighorn and Lawrence J. Zwiebel
Population Analysis of Sensory Systems
Taste Processing in the Insect Nervous System, Philip L. Newland
Insect Olfactory Neuroethology — An Electrophysiological Perspective, Rickard Ignell and Bill Hansson
Optical Methods for Analyzing Odor-Evoked Activity in the
Insect Brain. C. Giovanni Galizia and Richard S. Vetter
A Primer on Multichannel Neural Ensemble Recording in Insects. Vincent M. Pawlowski, Thomas A. Christensen, Hong Lei, and John G. Hildebrand
Appendix
Index

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