Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems

Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems

by Frederick R. Prete (Editor)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262661744
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 07/23/2004
Series: A Bradford Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,219,357
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frederick R. Prete, Ph.D. is founder and President of Visuo Technologies, LLC, which develops visual prostheses for blind and visually impaired children. He is an instructor of Biological Psychology at DePaul University, and both lead editor and a contributor to The Praying Mantids.

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Contributorsxvii
Introductionxix
ICreating Visual Worlds: Using Abstract Representations and Algorithms1
Introduction3
1Portia Perceptions: The Umwelt of an Araneophagic Jumping Spider5
2Exploration of Cognitive Capacity in Honeybees: Higher Functions Emerge from a Small Brain41
3In the Mind of a Hunter: The Visual World of the Praying Mantis75
4Motion Perception Shapes the Visual World of Amphibians117
IIEnhancing the Visual Basics: Using Color and Polarization161
Introduction163
5Color Vision in Bees: Mechanisms, Ecology, and Evolution165
6Color Vision and Retinal Organization in Butterflies193
7Seasonal Variation in the Visual World of Crayfish221
8The Unique Visual World of Mantis Shrimps239
9The Octopus's Garden: The Visual World of Cephalopods269
IIIOut of Sight: Creating Extravisual Worlds309
Introduction311
10The Vigilance of the Hunted: Mechanosensory-Visual Integration in Insect Prey313
11A Novel Approach to Hearing: The Acoustic World of Pneumorid Grasshoppers335
References351
Taxonomic Index423
General Subject Index427

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