Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Opening Remark

    1. Rüdiger Wehner
      Pages 1-2
  3. Anatomy of the Visual System

  4. Optics of the Compound Eye

  5. Biochemistry of Visual Pigments

    1. K. Hamdorf, R. Paulsen, J. Schwemer, U. Taeuber
      Pages 97-108
  6. Intensity-dependent Reactions

  7. Wavelength-dependent Reactions

  8. Pattern Recognition

  9. Visual Control of Orientation Patterns

  10. Storage of Visual Information

  11. Methods of Quantifying Behavioral Data

  12. Back Matter
    Pages 335-336

About this book


It is now generally accepted for a variety of reasons - morphological as well as physiologica- that the visual systems of arthropods provide a suitable model for the study of information proces­ sing in neuronal networks. Unlike the neurophysiology of the visual pathway in the frog and the cat which is more than adequately documented, recent work on the compound eye and optical ganglia of spiders, crustaceans, and insects has scarcely been summarized. In order to fill this void so that others, especially vertebrate neurophysiologists may become familiar with the advan­ tages of these systems, our group at Zurich University organized here in March 1972, a European meeting to discuss the anatomical. ! neurophysiological and behavioral knowledge on the compound eye and the visual. pathway of arthropods. Systems analysis was regarded as the main theme of the conference, but systems analysis of a network of neurons cannot be done as a mere "black-box" maneuver. The conference therefore tried to reconcile neurophysiology and behavioral analysis in order to make predictions about a necessary and sufficient neural structure. The "wiring dia­ grams" of such a structure might then be confirmed histologically. Hence the aim of the conferen­ ce was not to deal only with the structure and function of the compound eye - i. e.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rüdiger Wehner
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoologisches Institut der Universität ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-06020-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-65477-0
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