Boredom and Attention in a Cell in the Locust Visual System

  • C. H. F. Rowell


In the past 5 years or so, several workers on crustaceans, molluscs and insects have turned their attention to the lability of the behaviour of individually identified interneurones. I first became involved in this approach around 1966, having become dissatisfied with the sort of results that can be obtained from an analysis of larger subsets of the nervous system. Since then I have worked on a variety of interneurones in the auditory and visual systems of locusts and other Orthoptera, along with several colleagues, especially G. Horn, J. Mackay, and M. O’Shea. I should like to acknowledge my intellectual debt, in the early days, to the work of Horridge and co-workers (Horridge et al. 1965), who first showed the rich variety of units which could be characterized by microelectrode recording from the insect brain, and who were not afraid to say that the properties of some units seemed to be labile and affected by antecedent events.


Intracellular Recording Optic Lobe Ventral Nerve Cord Rest Interval Thoracic Ganglion 
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  • C. H. F. Rowell
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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