Perception and Motor Control in Birds

An Ecological Approach

  • Mark N. O. Davies
  • Patrick R. Green

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Mark N. O. Davies, Patrick R. Green
    Pages 1-3
  3. F. Schaeffel
    Pages 35-53
  4. S. A. McFadden
    Pages 54-73
  5. Mark N. O. Davies, Patrick R. Green
    Pages 121-123
  6. H. P. Zeigler, R. Bermejo, R. Bout
    Pages 182-200
  7. G. Zweers, R. Bout, J. Heidweiller
    Pages 201-221
  8. Mark N. O. Davies, Patrick R. Green
    Pages 223-225
  9. D. Bilo
    Pages 227-247
  10. B. J. Frost, D. R. Wylie, Y. C. Wang
    Pages 248-269
  11. D. N. Lee
    Pages 270-291
  12. M. N. O. Davies, P. R. Green
    Pages 339-356
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 357-364

About this book


Being both broad - perception and motor organization - and narrow - just onegroup of animals - at the same time, this book presents a new unified framework for understanding perceptuomotor organization, stressing the importance of an ecological perspective. Section I reviews recent research on a variety of sensory and perceptual processes in birds, which all involve subtle analyses of the relationships between species' perceptual mechanisms and their ecology and behaviour. Section II describes the variousresearch approaches - behavioural, neurophysiological, anatomical and comparative - all dealing with the common problem of understanding how the activities of large numbers of muscles are coordinated to generate adaptive behaviour. Section III is concerned with a range of approaches to analyzing the links between perceptual and motor processes, through cybernetic modelling, neurophysiological analysis, and behavioural methods.


Verhaltensökologie Vögel adaptation biology bird ecology evolution figure-ground segregation morphology muscle nervous system neural mechanisms neurobiology perception physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark N. O. Davies
    • 1
  • Patrick R. Green
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-75871-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-75869-0
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