Psychophysical Methods for Investigations of Vision in Fishes

  • D. P. M. Northmore
  • Dean Yager
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 1)


A great deal of information about fish visual systems has been obtained through physiological, anatomical, and biochemical studies; however, very few quantitative data have been obtained about the visual discriminating capacities of the same species on which these studies have been conducted. Historically, psychophysical investigations have pointed the way for a variety of physiological investigations. The input — output relations revealed by psychophysics have led to theoretical models which attempt quantitatively to account for these relations; these models in turn suggest the expected form of physiological functions. A notable example of this logic is the prediction by Hering of opponent-colour-coding many decades before it was demonstrated at the electrophysiological level. The ultimate task for investigators of any sensory system is to develop linking hypotheses among psychophysics, electrophy-siology, photochemistry, and anatomy.


Classical Conditioning Spectral Sensitivity Psychometric Function Conditioned Suppression Psychophysical Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. P. M. Northmore
    • 1
  • Dean Yager
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Neurosciences and Behavior, University of Delaware and State College of OptometryState University of New YorkUSA

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