460 pages, 119 illus
This book provides the first comprehensive and current review of considerable progress made over the past decade in analysing neural and behavioural mechanisms mediating visually guided behaviour in birds. 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.
Part 1 The avian eye view: introduction, Sally A. McFadden; producing the image, Graham R. Martin; exploring the image, Hans-Ortwin Nalbach et al; constructing the three-dimensional image, Sally A. McFadden; the visual capabilities of birds, William Hodos; colour vision of birds, Francisco J. Varela et al. Part 2 Functional anatomy of the avian visual system: introduction, Onur Gunturkun; the avian visual system and the evolution of the neocortex, Toru Shimizu and Harvey J. Karten; anatomy of the avian thalamofugal pathway, Onur Gunturkun et al; the organization of the tectofugal pathway in birds - a comparative review, Jurgen Engelage and Hans-Joachim Bischof; binocular processing in frontal-eyed birds, G. Casini et al. Part 3 Development of the avian visual system: introduction, Hans-Joachim Bischof; developmental anatomy of the chick retinotectal projection, Jorg Mey and Solon Thanos; development, plasticity, and differential organization of parallel processing of visual information in birds, G. Fontanesi et al; development of the tectofugal visual system of normal and deprived zebra finches, Kathrin Herrmann and Hans-Joachim Bischof; developmental mechanisms of lateralization, Lesley J. Rogers and Patrice Adret. Part 4 Visuomotor mechanisms: introduction, H. Philip Zeigler; eye movements, head movements, and gaze stabilization in birds, Josh Wallman and Juan-Carlos Letelier; sensorimotor mechanisms and pecking in the pigeon, H. Philip Zeigler et al; control of pecking response topography by stimulus-reinforcer and response-reinforcer contingencies, Robert W. Allan; visual mechanisms of prey capture in water birds, Gadi Katzir. Part 5 Vision and cognition: introduction, Jacky Emmerton; lateralization and strategies of viewing in the domestic chick, R.J. Andrew and M. Dharmaretnam; two eyes and one world - studies of interocular and intraocular transfer in birds, Monika Remy and Shigeru Watanabe; what can we learn from experiments on pigeon concept discrimination?, Shigeru Watanabe et al; beyond sensation - visual cognition in pigeons, Jacky Emmerton and Juan D. Delius; vision, cognition, and the avian hippocampus, Verner P. Bingman.
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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.