Neuronal Processing of Optic Flow

Neuronal Processing of Optic Flow

1st Edition - November 22, 1999

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  • Editors: Robert Harris, Ronald Bradley, Peter Jenner
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080857787
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123668448

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When we walk, drive a car, or fly an airplane, visual motion is used to control and guide our movement. Optic flow describes the characteristic pattern of visual motion that arises in these situations. This book is the first to take an in-depth look at the neuronal processing strategies that underlie the brain's ability to analyze and use optic flow for the control of self-motion. It does so in a variety of species which use optic flow in different behavioral contexts. The spectrum ranges from flying insects to birds, higher mammals and man. The contributions cover physiological and behavioral studies as well as computational models. Neuronal Processing of Optic Flow provides an authoritative and comprehensive overview of the current state of research on this topic written by a group of authors who have made essential contributions to shaping this field of research over the last ten years.

Key Features

  • Provides the first detailed overview of the analysis of complex visual motion patterns in the brain
  • Includes physiological, behavioral, and computational aspects of optic flow processing
  • Highlights similarities and differences between different animal species and behavioral tasks
  • Covers human patients with visual motion deficits
  • Enhances the reader's understanding with many illustrations


Neuroscientists and neurologists, cognitive scientists researching vision, and computer vision researchers interested in biological information processing

Table of Contents

  • M. Lappe, Preface.
    A.V. van den Berg, Human Ego-Motion Perception.
    Eye Movements:
    M. Lappe and K.-P. Hoffman, Optic Flow and Eye Movements.
    K. Kawano, Y. Inoue, A. Takemura, Y. Kodaka, and F.A. Miles, The Role of MST Neurons during Ocular Tracking in 3D Space.
    Animal Behavior and Physiology:
    M.V. Srinivasan and S.-W. Zhang, Visual Navigation in Flying Insects.
    H.G. Krapp, Neuronal Matched Filters for Optic Flow Processing in Flying Insects.
    B.J. Frost and D.R.W. Wylie, A Common Frame of Reference for the Analysis of Optic Flow and Vestibular Information.
    H. Sherk and G.A. Fowler, Optic Flow and the Visual Guidance of Locomotion in the Cat.
    Cortical Mechanisms:
    F. Bremmer, J.-R. Duhamel, S.B. Hamed, and W. Graf, Stages of Self-Motion Processing in Primate Posterior Parietal Cortex.
    C. J. Duffy, Optic Flow Analysis for Self-Movement Perception.
    R.A. Andersen, K.V. Shenoy, J.A. Crowell, and D.C. Bradley, Neural Mechanisms for Self-Motion Perception in Area MST.
    M. Lappe, Computational Mechanisms for Optic Flow Analysis in Primate Cortex.
    M. W. Greenlee, Human Cortical Areas Underlying the Perception of Optic Flow: Brain Imaging Studies.
    L.M. Vaina and S.K. Rushton, What Neurological Patients Tell Us about the Use of Optic Flow.
    Chapter References.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 321
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1999
  • Published: November 22, 1999
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080857787
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123668448

About the Serial Editors

Robert Harris

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A.

Ronald Bradley

Affiliations and Expertise

Louisiana State University Medical Center, School of Medicine, Baton Rouge, U.S.A.

Peter Jenner

Professor Peter Jenner is a specialist in preclinical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, notably Parkinson’s disease. He has spent the major part of his career at King’s College London where he was Head of Pharmacology for 14 years before returning to his research roots and subsequently becoming Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology. Peter has expertise in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics but neuropharmacology based on functional models of neurodegenerative diseases has formed the major focus of his work. Peter holds a BPharm, PhD and DSc degree from the University of London. He has published well over 1000 articles with more than 700 peer reviewed papers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the British Pharmacological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine and of King’s College London. Peter was recently honoured with a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest and made an Honorary Fellow of The British Pharmacological Society for his contribution to research in to movement disorders. Peter has worked closely with the pharmaceutical industry for many years and acts as an adviser and consultant to both major pharma and biotech companies. He has a wide knowledge of the drug discovery and drug development process and has been involved from molecule synthesis through to drug registration for use in man. Peter was the Founder, Director and Chief Scientific Officer of Proximagen, a biotech focussed on the treatment and cure of neurodegenerative diseases that was listed on AIMs and subsequently purchased by a US based healthcare company. He is a regular speaker at international meetings and also takes time to speak at Parkinson’s disease patient-carer groups across the UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, King’s College London, London, UK

About the Serial Volume Editor

Markus Lappe

Markus Lappe received his Ph.D. in physics from Tübingen, Germany in 1989. He was a guest researcher at NIMH, Maryland from 1990 to 1992. Since 1993, he has been in the Department of Biology at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Affiliations and Expertise

Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

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