Analog Models for Motion Detection in Insects

A whole branch of sensory neuroethology is devoted to the study of how animals respond to moving visual stimuli. Such behavior is called the optomotor response of the animal. The optomotor response is generally a hard-wired, reflex, orientation behavior of the eyes, head, and/or body in response to a visual object such as vertical, black and white stripes given uniform angular velocity around the animal. The optomotor responses of flies, beetles, bugs and locusts have been widely studied, both as a means to determine the resolving power of the eyes and to try to model the neural mechanisms responsible for this reflex. In general, insects try to follow

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