NSci590 (Fall 2005) - Topics

Week 1 (Mon 9/5) Organizational Meeting

Week 2 (Fri 9/16) Sound Localization I (owls)

Week 3 (Fri 9/23) Sound Localization II (owls) special time: 9:30-11:00am

Week 4 (Fri 9/30) Echolocation I (bats)

Week 5 (Fri 10/7) Echolocation II (bats)

Week 6 (Fri 10/14) Electrolocation (weakly electric fish)

Week 7 (Fri 10/21) Vertebrate Communication (songbirds)

Week 8 (Fri 10/28) Insect Communication I (crickets)

Week 9 (Fri 11/4) Insect Navigation (and Communication II)

Fri 11/11: SFN (no meeting)

Week 10 (Fri 11/18) Primate neuroethology

Fri 11/25: thanksgiving break no meeting

Week 11 (Fri 12/2) 3:30-5:00pm Freeviewing and natural visual behavior

Week 12 (Fri 12/9) 3:30-5:00pm to be determined

Detailed Schedule and Reading List

  • [required] required reading
  • [review] review article
  • [optional] background (not required)

Week 1: Organizational meeting

Selection of meeting time and assignment of presentations for the rest of the semester.

Week 2: Sound Localization I

presented by: warren, eyal

Sound localization in the barn owl (Tyto alba). Cues available for sound localization (ITD, ILD, binaural spectral) and intro to barn owl behavior and neurophysiology.

  1. [required] Knudsen EI, Konishi M. A neural map of auditory space in the owl. Science. 200(4343):795-7. 1978. [pdf]
  2. [required] Carr CE, Konishi M. Axonal delay lines for time measurement in the owl's brainstem. PNAS. 85(21):8311-5. 1988. [pdf]
  3. [required] Wagner H, Takahashi T, Konishi M. Representation of interaural time difference in the central nucleus of the barn owl's inferior colliculus. J Neurosci. 7(10):3105-16. 1987. [pdf]
  4. [optional] Takahashi T, Konishi M. Selectiity for interaural time difference in the owl's midbrain. J Neurosci. 6(12):31313-3422. 1986. [pdf]
  5. [review] Konishi, M. et al. Neurophysiological and anatomical substrates of sound localization in the owl. In G.M. Edelman et al. (eds.) Auditory Function: Neurobiological bases of hearing. New York: Wiley, pp. 721-745. 1988. [pdf]
  6. [review] Konishi M. Coding of auditory space. Annu Rev Neurosci. 26:31-55, 2003. [pdf]
  7. [review] Konishi, M. Listening with two ears. Sci. Am., 268, 66-73. 1993. [pdf]
  8. [optional] Knudsen EI, Konishi M, Pettigrew JD. Receptive fields of auditory neurons in the owl. Science. 198(4323):1278-80. 1977. [pdf]

Week 3: Sound Localization II

presented by: rachel d., arjen

Plasticity in the barn owl sound localization system. Behavioral and neurophysiological sutdies of the auditory-visual-motor alignment processes (prism rearing).

  1. [review] Knudsen EI, Brainard MS. Creating a unified representation of visual and auditory space in the brain. Annu Rev Neurosci. 18:19-43. 1995. [pdf]
  2. [required] Knudsen EI. Experience alters the spatial tuning of auditory units in the optic tectum during a sensitive period in the barn owl. J Neurosci. 5(11):3094-109. 1985. [pdf]
  3. [required] Knudsen EI, Knudsen PF. Vision guides the adjustment of auditory localization in young barn owls. Science. 230(4725):545-8. 1985. [pdf]
  4. [required] Knudsen EI. Early auditory experience aligns the auditory map of space in the optic tectum of the barn owl. Science. 222(4626):939-42. 1983. [pdf]

Week 4: Echolocation I

presented by: nicole, shannon

Introduction to bat ecolocation, bat ecology (as related to biosonar) and the biophysics of echolocation. Focus on behavioral research.

  1. [required] Griffin, D.R., Webster F.A., Michael, C.R. The echolocation of flying insects by bats. Animal Behav. 8:151-154. 1960. [pdf]
  2. [required] Neuweiler G. Evolutionary aspects of bat echolocation. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol., 189(4):245-56. 2003. [pdf]
  3. [required] Kick SA, Simmons JA. Automatic gain control in the bat's sonar receiver and the neuroethology of echolocation. J Neurosci. 4(11):2725-37. 1984. [pdf]
  4. [required] Simmons JA. Evidence for perception of fine echo delay and phase by the FM bat, Eptesicus fuscus. J Comp Physiol [A]. 172(5):533-47. 1993. [pdf]
  5. [optional] Schnitzler, H.U., Flieger, E. Detection of oscillating target movements by echolocation in the greater horshoe bat. J. Comp Physiol. 153:385-391. 1983. [pdf]
  6. [optional] Neuweiler G. Auditory adaptations for prey capture in echolocating bats. Physiol Rev. 70(3):615-41. 1990. [pdf]

Week 5: Echolocation II

presented by: susheel, tim

Neurophysiology of the bat biosonar system. Combination sensitity neurons in auditory cortex.

  1. [required] O'Neill WE, Suga N. Target range-sensitive neurons in the auditory cortex of the mustache bat. Science. 203(4375):69-73. 1979. [pdf]
  2. [required] Suga N, Jen PH. Disproportionate tonotopic representation for processing CF-FM sonar signals in the mustache bat auditory cortex. Science. 194(4264):542-4. 1976. [pdf]
  3. [required] Suga N, O'Neill WE, Manabe T. Cortical neurons sensitive to combinations of information-bearing elements of biosonar signals in the mustache bat. Science. 200(4343):778-81. 1978. [pdf]
  4. [review] Suga, N. "Auditory neuroethology and speech processing: complex-sound processing by combination-sensitive neurons". In G.M. Edelman et al. (eds.) Auditory Function: Neurobiological bases of hearing. New York: Wiley, pp. 679-720. 1988. [pdf]. (missing fig3??)

Week 6: Electrolocation

presented by: bilal, julie

Electolocation in weakly electric fish (eigenmannia). Behavior and neurophysiology of the jamming avoidance response (JAR).

  1. [required] Rose, G. J., "Insights into neural mechanisms and evolution of behavior from electric fish", Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2004 [pdf]
  2. [required] Heiligenberg, W. "The Jamming Avoidance REsponse of Eignmannia". [pdf]
  3. [review] Hopkins, C. D. Neuroethology of electric communication. Annu Rev Neurosci. 11:497-535. 1988. [pdf]
  4. [optional] Heiligenberg, W. The neural basis of behavior: a neuroethological view. Annu Rev Neurosci. 14:247-267. 1991. [pdf]

Week 7: Vertebrate Communication

presented by: bilal, ben

Vocal plasticity in songbirds. Neural implmentation and development of song selectivity in the auditory forebrain of zerba finches.

  1. [required] Doupe AJ, Konishi M., Song-selective auditory circuits in the vocal control system of the zebra finch. PNAS, 88(24):11339-43, 1991. [pdf]
  2. [required] Lewicki MS, Konishi M. Mechanisms underlying the sensitivity of songbird forebrain neurons to temporal order. PNAS. 92(12):5582-6, 1995. [pdf]
  3. [required] Leonardo A, Konishi M. Decrystallization of adult birdsong by perturbation of auditory feedback. Nature. 399(6735):466-70. 1999. [pdf]
  4. [review] Brainard MS, Doupe AJ. Auditory feedback in learning and maintenance of vocal behaviour. Nat Rev Neurosci. 1(1):31-40. 2000. [pdf]
  5. [review] Brainard MS, Doupe AJ. What songbirds teach us about learning. Nature, 417(6886):351-8. 2002. [pdf]

Week 8: Insect Communication I

Cricket phonotaxis and auditory system.

presented by: kumar, janna

  1. [required] Hill KG, Boyan GS. Directional hearing in crickets. Nature. 262(5567):390-1, 1976. [pdf]
  2. [required] Hill KG, and Boyan, GS. Sensitivity to frequency and direction of sound in the auditory system of crickets (Gryllidae). Journal of Comparative Physiology 121, 79-97, 1977. [pdf]
  3. [required] Michelson A. The Tuned Cricket. News in Physiological Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 1, 32-38, February 1998. [pdf]
  4. [optional] Oldfield BP. Accuracy of orientation in female crickets,Teleogryllus oceaniens (Gryllidae): dependence on song spectrum. J Comp Physiol 141:9399, 1980. [pdf]

Week 9: Insect Navigation (and Communication II)

presented by: ben, nicole

Honeybee waggle dance and ant navigation.

  1. [required] De Marco R, Menzel R. Encoding spatial information in the waggle dance. J Exp Biol. 2005 Oct 15;208(Pt 20):3885-94. [pdf]
  2. [required] Tautz J, Zhang S, Spaethe J, Brockmann A, Si A, Srinivasan M. Honeybee odometry: performance in varying natural terrain. PLoS Biol. 2004 Jul;2(7):211. 2004. [pdf]
  3. [required] Sommer S, Wehner R. The ant's estimation of distance travelled: experiments with desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis. J Comp Physiol A. 2004 Jan;190(1):1-6. [pdf]
  4. [required] Sommer S, Wehner R. Vector navigation in desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis: celestial compass cues are essential for the proper use of distance information. Naturwissenschaften. 2005 Sep 15;:1-4. [pdf]
  5. [review] Srinivasan MV, Zhang S. Visual motor computations in insects. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2004;27:679-96. [pdf]
  6. [review] Von Frisch, Karl. Decoding the Language of the Bee. Nobel Lecture, 1973. [pdf]

Week 10: Primate neuroethology I

presented by: shannon, kumar

  • Communication calls in non-human primates

    1. [required] Seyfarth RM, Cheney DL, Marler P. Monkey responses to three different alarm calls: evidence of predator classification and semantic communication. Science. 210:801-3. 1980 [pdf]
  • Adaptive decision making behavior in non-human primates

    1. [required] Platt ML, Glimcher PW. Neural correlates of decision variables in parietal cortex. Nature. 400(6741):233-8. 1999. [pdf]
    2. [required] Barraclough DJ, Conroy ML, Lee D. Prefrontal cortex and decision making in a mixed-strategy game. Nat Neurosci. 7(4):404-10. 2004. [pdf]
  • Behavioral choices in a social context

    1. [required] Deaner RO, Khera AV, Platt ML. Monkeys pay per view: adaptive valuation of social images by rhesus macaques. Curr Biol. 15(6):543-8. 2005. [pdf]

Week 11: Primate neuroethology II

presented by: rachel d., julie

Freeviewing and natural visual behavior in human and non-human primates.

  1. [required] Burman DD, Segraves MA. Primate frontal eye field activity during natural scanning eye movements. J Neurophysiol. 71(3):1266-71. 1994. [pdf]
  2. [required] Kayser C, Salazar RF, Konig P. Responses to natural scenes in cat V1. J Neurophysiol. 90(3):1910-20. 2003. [pdf]
  3. [required] Reinagel P, Zador AM. Natural scene statistics at the centre of gaze. Network. 10(4):341-50. 1999. [pdf]
  4. [required] Mazer JA, Gallant JL. Goal-related activity in V4 during free viewing visual search. Evidence for a ventral stream visual salience map. Neuron. 40(6):1241-50. 2003. [pdf]

Week 12: Olfaction

presented by: janna, chester

  • Invertebrates
    1. [required] Schneider D. Insect olfaction: deciphering system for chemical messages. Science. 1969 Mar 7;163(871):1031-7. [pdf]
    2. [required] Kennedy JS, Marsh D. Pheromone-regulated anemotaxis in flying moths. Science. 1974 May 31;184(140):999-1001. [pdf]
    3. [review] Pfaffmann, C. "Sensory reception of olfactory Cues", Biology of Reproduction, 4:327-343, 1971. [pdf]
  • Mammals
    1. [required] Zou Z, Li F, Buck LB. Odor maps in the olfactory cortex. PNAS, 102:7724-9. 2005 [pdf]
    2. [required] Porter J, Anand T, Johnson B, Khan RM, Sobel N. Brain mechanisms for extracting spatial information from smell. Neuron. 47(4):581-92. 2005. [pdf]