NSCI590/NBIO590 2009: Bats, Owls, Electric Fish and Beyond

Class Meetings

1-2:30pm Tuesday Afternoons; Med School Dome room (SHM C-500; top of the stairs next to the library).

Course Syllabus

There will be 3-4 primary research articles assigned each week that everyone is expected to read. [background] indicates background and review material. Start here if you're presenting or if you just want additional information about the topic. ()'s indicate scheduled presenters.

Week 1 (9/8) -- Sound Localization in Barn Owls (MK, EM):
  1. Knudsen EI, Konishi M. A neural map of auditory space in the owl. Science. 200(4343):795-7. 1978. [pdf]
  2. Carr CE, Konishi M. Axonal delay lines for time measurement in the owl's brainstem. PNAS. 85(21):8311-5. 1988. [pdf]
Week 2 (9/16) -- Bat Ecology/Ethology (TB,SM):
  1. Griffin, D.R., Webster F.A., Michael, C.R. The echolocation of flying insects by bats. Animal Behav. 8:151-154. 1960. [pdf]
  2. Neuweiler G. Evolutionary aspects of bat echolocation. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol., 189(4):245-56. 2003. [pdf]
  3. 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. 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. [background] 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. [background] Neuweiler G. Auditory adaptations for prey capture in echolocating bats. Physiol Rev. 70(3):615-41. 1990. [pdf]
Week 3 (9/22) -- Bat Neurophysiology (CD,MP):
  1. 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. 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. 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. [background] 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 4 (9/29) -- Electric Fish (MF,CD):
  1. Rose, G. J., "Insights into neural mechanisms and evolution of behavior from electric fish", Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2004 [pdf]
  2. Heiligenberg, W. "The Jamming Avoidance REsponse of Eignmannia". [pdf]
  3. [background] Hopkins, C. D. Neuroethology of electric communication. Annu Rev Neurosci. 11:497-535. 1988. [pdf]
  4. [background] Heiligenberg, W. The neural basis of behavior: a neuroethological view. Annu Rev Neurosci. 14:247-267. 1991. [pdf]
Week 5 (10/6) -- Bird song (EM,NS):
  1. 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. Lewicki MS, Konishi M. Mechanisms underlying the sensitivity of songbird forebrain neurons to temporal order. PNAS. 92(12):5582-6, 1995. [pdf]
  3. Leonardo A, Konishi M. Decrystallization of adult birdsong by perturbation of auditory feedback. Nature. 399(6735):466-70. 1999. [pdf]
  4. [background] Brainard MS, Doupe AJ. Auditory feedback in learning and maintenance of vocal behaviour. Nat Rev Neurosci. 1(1):31-40. 2000. [pdf]
  5. [background] Brainard MS, Doupe AJ. What songbirds teach us about learning. Nature, 417(6886):351-8. 2002. [pdf]
Week 6 (10/13) -- Insect Communication (EM,SM):
  1. Hill KG, Boyan GS. Directional hearing in crickets. Nature. 262(5567):390-1, 1976. [pdf]
  2. 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. Michelson A. The Tuned Cricket. News in Physiological Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 1, 32-38, February 1998. [pdf]
  4. De Marco R, Menzel R. Encoding spatial information in the waggle dance. J Exp Biol. 2005 Oct 15;208(Pt 20):3885-94. [pdf]
  5. [background] Oldfield BP. Accuracy of orientation in female crickets,Teleogryllus oceaniens (Gryllidae): dependence on song spectrum. J Comp Physiol 141:9399, 1980. [pdf]
  6. [background] Von Frisch, Karl. Decoding the Language of the Bee. Nobel Lecture, 1973. [pdf]
10/20 -- No Class; SFN Meeting:
Week 7 (10/27) -- Primate Communication (MK,TB):
  1. 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]
  2. Arnold, K and Kuberbuhler, K, Semantic combinations in primate calls. Nature. 441:303-303. 2006 [pdf]
  3. Fitch, WT and Hauser, MD, Computational Constraints on Syntatic Processing in a Nonhuman Primate. Science, 303:377-379. 2004 [pdf]
  4. Ramus, F, Hause, MD, Miller, C, Morris, D, Mehler, J, Language Discrimination by human newborns and by cotton-top Tamarin monkeys. Science 288:349-350. [pdf]
  5. Kuhl, PK , Williams, KA, Lacerda, F, Stevens, KN, Lindbolm, B. Linguistic experience alters phonetic perception in infants by 6 months of age. Science 255:606-608, 1992. [pdf]
  6. [background] Hauser, MD, Ontogentic changes in the comprehension and production of Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) vocalization. J. Comp. Psych. 103(2):149-159, 1989. [pdf]
Week 8 (11/3) -- Insect Navigation (SM,MK,NS):
  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. Heinze S, Gotthardt S, Homberg U., Transformation of polarized light information in the central complex of the locust. J Neurosci. 2009 Sep 23;29(38):11783-93. [pdf]
  5. [background] Srinivasan MV, Zhang S. Visual motor computations in insects. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2004;27:679-96. [pdf]
Week 9 (11/10) -- Schooling, Swarming and Flocking (MP,CD):
  1. Anstey, Rogers, Ott, Burrows, Simpson. Serotonin mediates behavioral gregarization underlying swarm formation in desert locusts. Science, 323:627, 2009. [pdf]
  2. Pratt, Mallon, Sumpter, Franks. Quorum sensing, recruitment, and collective decision-making during colony emigration by the ant Leptothorax albipennis. Behav Ecol Sociobiol, 52:117-127, 2002. [pdf]
  3. Dyer, Ioannou, Morrell, Crogt, Couzin, Waters, Krause. Consensus decision making in human crowds. Animal Behavior, 75:461-470, 2008. [pdf]
  4. Moiseff and Copeland. A new type of synchronized flashing in a North American Firefly. J. Insect Behavior, 13:567-612, 2002. [pdf]
  5. [background] Sumpter. The principles of collective animal behavior, Phil Trans Roy Soc B, 361:5=22, 2006. [pdf]
  6. [background] Couzin. Collective cognition in animal groups, TICS, 13:36-43, 2009. [pdf]
  7. [background] Couzin Krause, James, Roxton and Franks. Collective memory and spatial sorting in animal groups. J. Theor. Biol. 218:1-11, 2002. [pdf]
Week 10 (11/17) -- Insect Flight, Command Neurons and Central Pattern Generators (MP,NS):
  1. Wilson. The central nervous conrol of flight in a locust. J. Exp. Biol, 1961. [pdf]
  2. Edwards, Heitler and Krasne. Fifty years of a command neuron: the neurobiology of escape behavior in the crayfish. TINS. 1999. [pdf]
  3. Tammero and Dickinson. The influence of visual landscape on the free flight behavior of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. J. Exp. Biol. 2002. [pdf]
  4. Hausen and Wehrhahn. Neural circuits mediating visual flight control in flies. 1. Quantitative comparison of neural and behavioral response characterisics. J. Neurosci. 1989 [pdf]
  5. [background] Korn and Faber. The Mauthner cell half a century later: A neurobiological model for decision-making?. Neuron. 2005. [pdf]
  6. [background] Hoy, Nolen and Brodfuehrer. The neurobiology of acoustic startle and escape in flying insects. J Exp Biol. 1989 [pdf]
  7. [background] Frye and Dickinson. Closing the loop between neurobiology and flight behvaior in Drosophila. Curr Op Neurobio. 2004 [pdf]
11/24 -- No Class; Thanksgiving Break:
Week 11 (12/1) -- Fixed Action Patterns and Innate Releasing Mechanisms (TB,MF):
  1. Tinbergen. The Study of Instinct (Chapter II). 1988. [pdf]
  2. Tinbergen and Perdeck, On the stimulus situation releasing the begging response in the newly hatched herring gull chick (Larus agentatus agentatus pont). Behavior 3:-39, 1950. [pdf]
  3. [background] ten Cate, Bruins, Ouden, Egberts, Neevel, Spierings, van der Brg and Brokenhof. Tinbergen revisited: a replication and extension of experiments on the beak colour preferences of herring gull chicks. Animal Behavior 77:795-802, 2009. [pdf]
  4. Tinbergen and van Iersel, "Displacement reactions" in the three-spined stickleback. Behavior, 1:56-63, 1947. [pdf]
  5. Lehrman, A critique of Konrad Lorenz's theory of instinctive behavior. Quart.y Rev. Biol. 28:337-362, 1953. [pdf]

Reference Material

  • Camhi, Jeffrey M., Neuroethology: nerve cells and the natural behavior of animals, Sinauer, 1984.
  • Zupanc, G√ľnther K. H., Behavioral neurobiology: an integrative approach, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Carew, Thomas J., Behavioral neurobiology: the cellular organization of natural behavior, Sinauer, 2000.
  • Griffin, Donald R., Listening in the dark; the acoustic orientation of bats and men. Yale University Press, 1958.
  • Heiligenberg, W. F., Neural nets in electric fish, MIT Press, 1991

I have copies of some of these (or may have the library's copies). If you need one (or more) and can't track them down, ask me.

Course Requirements

  1. This course depends on class participation. To encourage participation, two people will be responsible for presenting the readings and guiding discussion each session. When presenting, you're always welcome to ask me for help or information. Presentations should take the form of a guided discussion, not a figure-by-figure powerpoint presentation.
  2. All attendees, even if you're just auditing, will be assigned at least one topic. It's critical that everyone (student or postdoc; for credit or auditing) read the assigned papers and be prepared to discuss them.
  3. Grading will be based equally on:
  • class participation
  • presentation quality (if you're taking the course for credit, you should sign up for 3 presentation).