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The Amphibian Visual System: A Multidisciplinary Approach is a compendium of articles across a broad range of disciplines within experimental biology focusing on the study of the amphibian visual system.
The book presents a survey of the evolutionary history and major taxonomic and ecological adaptations of amphibians; anatomic, physiological, developmental, and behavioral data relating to the amphibian visual system; description of important standards for laboratory amphibians; and the crucial problem of species identification in neurobiological research.
Zoologists, experimental biologists, neurologists, and anatomists will find the text very interesting.
List of Contributors
1 Amphibians, Their Evolutionary History, Taxonomy, and Ecological Adaptations
Past History of Amphibia
Relationships and Biogeography of Living Amphibians
A Look Ahead
2 Anatomy and Physiology of the Frog Retina
3 Central Visual Pathways in the Frog
Central Visual Pathways
4 Spatial Vision in Anurans
Problems in Studying Spatial Vision
Localization of Prey Objects
Selection among Two Prey Stimuli
Directionality of Avoidance Behaviors
Orientation and Shape in Discrimination of Barriers
Stepping onto Surfaces
Orientation to the Bank of Ponds
Differentiation of Localizing Behaviors and Their Anatomic Basis
Retinotopic Specificity in Localizing Behaviors
Frog Vision in Phylogenetic Perspective
5 The Visual System of the Toad: Behavioral and Physiological Studies on a Pattern Recognition System
Quantitative Analysis of the Key Stimuli "Prey" and "Enemy"
Prey Catching and Avoidance "Zones" in the Brain
Neural Coding of Behaviorally Relevant Form Features along the Visual Pathway
Hypothesis: The First Basic Steps in Prey-Enemy Recognition
Computer Analysis of the Hypothetical Prey-Enemy Pattern Recognition System by Means of Model Nerve Nets
6 The Urodele Visual System
Commonly Studied Families
Visually Guided Behavior
Anatomy and Physiology of the Visual System
Urodeles and Comparative Neurobiology of the Visual System
7 The Amphibian Visual System as a Model for Developmental Neurobiology
General Concepts: Induction, Determination, and Differentiation; Regulation, Fields, and Positional Information
The Development of the Eye
The Formation of Synaptic Connections between the Eye and Brain
Axial Polarization of the Retina
The Acquisition of Tectal Polarity
The Cell Cycle and Differentiation
The Current Status of the Chemoaffinity Theory
Endocrine Influences in Neurogenesis
The Role of Function in Neurogenesis
8 Standards for Laboratory Amphibians
The Biological Standard
The Supply of Amphibians
Solutions to the Problems
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- © Academic Press 1976
- 1st January 1976
- Academic Press
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