Comparative Color Vision

Comparative Color Vision

1st Edition - December 28, 1981

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  • Author: Gerald Jacobs
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323159890

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Comparative Color Vision provides information about the means by which color vision has been studied in nonhuman animals and about the outcomes of these studies for a variety of representative species. Individuals who become interested in color vision in animals come from a variety of different educational backgrounds—from the traditional biological and behavioral sciences as well as from more applied fields. Accordingly, this book includes sufficient tutorial information about color vision so that a relative newcomer would be able to make sense out of this area without having to search out still more background material. To provide this, basic information about the psychophysics of color vision and about the methods used to study color vision in animals is presented; along with coverage of the broad range of biological mechanisms responsible for color vision. Subsequent chapters present systematic reviews of studies of color vision in a wide selection of vertebrate species. The final chapter is devoted to a discussion of two fascinating issues raised by studies of animal color vision: the evolutionary origins and the functional utility of color vision.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Techniques and Goals of the Comparative Study of Color Vision

    I. The "Brightness" Problem

    II. Techniques for Measuring Color Vision

    III. Appropriate Color Vision Indices

    IV. Some Basic Data on Human Color Vision

    V. Cross-Species Standards for Color Vision

    Chapter 3 Mechanisms for Color Vision

    I. Structural Overview of the Eye

    II. Ocular Filters

    III. Photoreceptors

    IV. Photopigments

    V. Neural Mechanisms

    VI. The Central Pathways for Color Vision

    Chapter 4 Comparative Survey of Color Vision: Nonmammalian Vertebrates

    I. Amphibians: The Frog

    II. Reptiles: The Turtle

    III. Fish: The Goldfish

    IV. Birds: The Pigeon

    V. Colored Oil Droplets and Color Vision

    Chapter 5 Comparative Survey of Color Vision: Mammals

    I. Rodents

    II. The Domestic Cat

    III. Nonhuman Primates

    IV. Comments on the Comparative Survey

    V. Results from Studies of Other Mammals

    Chapter 6 Evolution of Color Vision

    I. The Utility of Color Vision

    II. Context for the Evolution of Color Vision

    III. Evolutionary Steps to Color Vision


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 218
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1981
  • Published: December 28, 1981
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323159890

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