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acta ethologica

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 61–65 | Cite as

Considerations on the use of video playbacks as visual stimuli: the Lisbon workshop consensus

  • R. F. Oliveira
  • G. G. Rosenthal
  • I. Schlupp
  • P. K. McGregor
  • I. C. Cuthill
  • J. A. Endler
  • L. J. Fleishman
  • J. Zeil
  • E. Barata
  • F. Burford
  • D. Gonçalves
  • M. Haley
  • S. Jakobsson
  • M. D. Jennions
  • K. E. Körner
  • L. Lindström
  • T. Peake
  • A. Pilastro
  • D. S. Pope
  • S. G. B. Roberts
  • C. Rowe
  • J. Smith
  • J. R. Waas
Short Communication

Abstract 

This paper is the consensus of a workshop that critically evaluated the utility and problems of video playbacks as stimuli in studies of visual behavior. We suggest that video playback is probably suitable for studying motion, shape, texture, size, and brightness. Studying color is problematic because video systems are specifically designed for humans. Any difference in color perception must lead to a different color sensation in most animals. Another potentially problematic limitation of video images is that they lack depth cues derived from stereopsis, accommodation, and motion parallax. Nonetheless, when used appropriately, video playback allows an unprecedented range of questions in visual communication to be addressed. It is important to note that most of the potential limitations of video playback are not unique to this technique but are relevant to all studies of visual signaling in animals.

Key words Visual communication Experimental design Vision Motion Color 

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© Springer-Verlag and ISPA 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. F. Oliveira
    • 1
  • G. G. Rosenthal
    • 1
  • I. Schlupp
    • 1
  • P. K. McGregor
    • 1
  • I. C. Cuthill
    • 1
  • J. A. Endler
    • 1
  • L. J. Fleishman
    • 1
  • J. Zeil
    • 1
  • E. Barata
    • 1
  • F. Burford
    • 1
  • D. Gonçalves
    • 1
  • M. Haley
    • 1
  • S. Jakobsson
    • 1
  • M. D. Jennions
    • 1
  • K. E. Körner
    • 1
  • L. Lindström
    • 1
  • T. Peake
    • 1
  • A. Pilastro
    • 1
  • D. S. Pope
    • 1
  • S. G. B. Roberts
    • 1
  • C. Rowe
    • 1
  • J. Smith
    • 1
  • J. R. Waas
    • 1
  1. 1.Unidade de Investigação em Eco-Etologia, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Rua Jardim do Tabaco 34, 1149-041 Lisbon, PortugalPT

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