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Visual control of orientation behaviour in the fly, Part I: A quantitative analysis


Reichardt,  W
Former Department Information Processing in Insects, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Reichardt, W. (1976). Visual control of orientation behaviour in the fly, Part I: A quantitative analysis. Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics, 9(3), 311-375. doi:10.1017/S0033583500002523.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-F172-B
An understanding of sensory information processing in the nervous system will probably require investigations with a variety of ‘model’ systems at different levels of complexity. Our choice of a suitable model system was constrained by two conflicting requirements: on one hand the information processing properties of the system should be rather complex, on the other hand the system should be amenable to a quantitative analysis. In this sense the fly represents a compromise. In these two papers we explore how optical information is processed by the fly's visual system. Our objective is to unravel the logical organization of the fly's visual system and its underlying functional and computational principles. Our approach is at a highly integrative level. There are different levels of analysing and ‘understanding’ complex systems, like a brain or a sophisticated computer.