Vision, Brain, and Behavior in Birds

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Harris Philip Zeigler, Hans-Joachim Bischof
MIT Press, 1993 - Medical - 415 pages
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The visual capacities of birds rival even those of primates, and their visual system probably reflects the operation of a ground plan common to all vertebrates. This book provides the first comprehensive and current review of considerable progress made over the past decade in analyzing neural and behavioral mechanisms mediating visually guided behavior in birds.

The book's five major sections deal with the visual world of birds, the organization of avian visual systems, the development and plasticity of visual structure and function, visuomotor control mechanisms, and cognitive processes. The introduction to each section discusses the nature and significance of the problem areas, providing a context for the chapters to follow, which review the current status of research on a specific problem. The contributors are an international assemblage of researchers, representing a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from ornithology to neurophysiology and including ethology, experimental psychology, anatomy, and developmental neurobiology.

For the ethologist, avian behavior is the source of a wide variety of species-typical "fixed action patterns"; for the experimental psychologist, birds are the subject of choice for studies of conditioning, learning, and cognitive processes; for the neurobiologist they provide model systems for studying developmental processes, sensory mechanisms, orientation, and motor control. For these reasons, research on the avian brain and behavior occupies an increasingly important place in contemporary behavioral biology.
 

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Contents

Producing the Image
5
Exploring the Image
25
Constructing the ThreeDimensional Image
47
The Visual Capabilities of Birds
63
Color Vision of Birds
77
Functional Anatomy of the Avian Visual System
99
Binocular Processing in FrontalEyed Birds
159
Developmental Anatomy of the Chick Retinotectal
173
Sensorimotor Mechanisms and Pecking in the Pigeon
265
Control of Pecking Response Topography by Stimulus
285
Visual Mechanisms of Prey Capture in Water Birds
301
Lateralization and Strategies of Viewing in the Domestic
319
Studies of Interocular
333
What Can We Learn from Experiments on Pigeon Concept
351
Visual Cognition in Pigeons
377
Vision Cognition and the Avian Hippocampus
391

Development Plasticity and Differential Organization
195
Developmental Mechanisms of Lateralization
227
Visuomotor Mechanisms
243

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About the author (1993)

H. Philip Zeigler is Professor of Biopsychology at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Hans-Joachim Bischof is Professor of Behavioral Physiology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.

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