Nerve Cells And Insect Behavior, Rev. Ed / Edition 2

Nerve Cells And Insect Behavior, Rev. Ed / Edition 2

by Kenneth D. Roeder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674608011

ISBN-13: 9780674608016

Pub. Date: 03/01/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The strike of a praying mantis's forelegs is so fast that, once they are set in motion, the mantis cannot control its aim. How does it ever manage to catch a fly? A moth negotiating the night air hears the squeak of a hunting bat on the wing, and tumbles out of harm's way. How?

Insects are ideal subjects for neurophysiological studies, and at its simplest level

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The strike of a praying mantis's forelegs is so fast that, once they are set in motion, the mantis cannot control its aim. How does it ever manage to catch a fly? A moth negotiating the night air hears the squeak of a hunting bat on the wing, and tumbles out of harm's way. How?

Insects are ideal subjects for neurophysiological studies, and at its simplest level this classic book relates the activities of nerve cells to the activities of insects, something that had never been attempted when the book first appeared in 1963. In several elegant experiments--on the moth, the cockroach, and the praying mantis--Roeder shows how stimulus and behavior are related through the nervous system and suggests that the insect brain appears to control behavior by determining which of the various built-in activity patterns will appear in a given situation. This slim volume remains invaluable to an understanding of the nervous mechanisms responsible for insect behavior.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674608016
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Series:
Books in Biology Series
Edition description:
With an Appreciation by John G. Hildebrand
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Coding and Complexity

Methods of Studying Animal Behavior

Communication

The Tympanic-Nerve Response in Noctuid Moths

Moths and Bats

Tactics for Two

Evasive Behavior in the Cockroach

Discrimination

Endogenous Activity of Neurons

Endogenous Activity and Behavior

Inside a Moth

The Insect Brain

Inhibition, Endogenous Activity, and Neural Parsimony

References

Index

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