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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.

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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.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:1 July 2001
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:17
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 22:30
Publisher:Company of Biologists
ISSN:0022-0949
Related URLs:http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/abstract/204/14/2589
PubMed ID:11511675
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 84
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Scopus®. Citation Count: 106

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