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Directional selectivity in the simple eye of an insect

Van Kleef, Joshua; Berry, Richard; Stange, Gert

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Amongother sensory modalities, flight stabilization in insects is performed with the aid of visual feedback from three simple eyes (ocelli). It is thought that each ocellus acts as a single wide-field sensor that detects changes in light intensity. We challenge this notion by providing evidence that, when light-adapted, the large retinal L-neurons in the median ocellus of the dragonfly respond in a directional way to upward moving bars and gratings. This ability is pronounced under UV...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/59007
Source: Journal of Neuroscience
DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5556-07.2008

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