Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-693
Wehner, R (2001). Polarization vision--a uniform sensory capacity? Journal of Experimental Biology, 204(14):2589-2596.
In this concept paper, three scenarios are described in which animals make use of polarized light: the underwater world, the water surface and the terrestrial habitat vaulted by the pattern of polarized light in the sky. Within these various visual environments, polarized light is used in a number of ways that make quite different demands on the neural circuitries mediating these different types of behaviour. Apart from some common receptor and pre-processing mechanisms, the underlying neural mechanisms may differ accordingly. Often, information about chi (the angle of polarization), d (the degree of polarization) and lambda (the spectral content) might not --and need not--be disentangled. Hence, the hypothesis entertained in this account is that polarization vision comes in various guises, and that the answer to the question posed in the title is most probably no.
57 downloads since deposited on 11 Feb 2008
9 downloads since 12 months
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed|
|Communities & Collections:||07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)|
|Dewey Decimal Classification:||570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
|Date:||1 July 2001|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 12:17|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 22:30|
|Publisher:||Company of Biologists|
Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item
Repository Staff Only: item control page