“These Eyes Follow the Moon”

October 16th, 2013 @

“These Eyes Follow the Moon,” is not a typical documentary. It is nearly wordless and impressionistic. Yet it also captures an essential “feeling” about the MBL. Read more…

Vertical Visual Features Have a Strong Influence on Cuttlefish Camouflage

July 29th, 2013 @

Congratulations to Kimberly Ulmer, research assistant in the Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior and lead author of the recent paper “Vertical Visual Features Have a Strong Influence on Cuttlefish Camouflage” that was published in the MBL’s Biological Bulletin.  She, along with other members of the Hanlon lab, discovered that visual stimuli in the vertical […]

Retinal ganglion cells for “Subconscious” Vision

July 24th, 2013 @

The Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior invites you to a seminar: Tuesday, July 30th 3:00PM MRC-210 Retinal ganglion cells for “Subconscious” Vision Dr. Maureen Estevez Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Brown University https://neuroscience.brown.edu/Berson/ Dr. Estevez presents her current research on the structure and function of retinal ganglion cells, and their involvement in movement […]

Ranching Fish Using Acoustic Conditioning: Can it Work?

July 24th, 2013 @

Please join us for a special seminar, hosted by the Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior in conjunction with the Program in Scientific Aquaculture: Friday – July 26, 2013 Candle House 105 12:30pm RANCHING FISH USING ACOUSTIC CONDITIONING: CAN IT WORK? Boaz Zion, Ph.D. Institute of Agricultural Engineering Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), The Volcani Center, […]

New Insight on Cuttlefish Decision-Making During Adaptive Camouflage

June 3rd, 2013 @

Some people prefer strong vertical lines in their clothing over horizontal ones, as they can appear slimming. As for cuttlefish? According to a new MBL study, when these marine creatures adaptively change their skin patterns for camouflage purposes, they respond to vertical visual cues in their environment more strongly than to horizontal cues. A cuttlefish […]

Sensory Ecology Paper Seminar, May 21st

May 17th, 2013 @

These seminars are meant to be informal meetings where people from WHOI and MBL, along with other interested parties, can meet and greet new colleagues, increase their academic network, while at the same time discussing interesting papers on new, fascinating or controversial studies within sensory ecology. The topic of this paper seminar will be the […]

Study of Dragonfly Prey Detection Wins PNAS Cozzarelli Prize for Scientific Excellence and Originality

April 24th, 2013 @

Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido, who is now a postdoctoral scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and colleagues from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Minnesota, and Union College have been awarded a 2012 Cozzarelli Prize by the editorial board of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Gonzalez-Bellido and colleagues were honored for the […]

Special Seminar, Monday, April 22nd at 11:00 AM, “Vision through an air-ocean surface”

April 16th, 2013 @

SPECIAL SEMINAR Sponsored by the MBL Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior and WHOI Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department Dr. Yoav Y. Schechner, Associate Professor Technion, Israel Institute of Technology – Department of Electrical Engineering “Vision through an air-ocean surface”   MRC-210 Monday, April 22, 2013 11:00 AM ABSTRACT. We increase the complexity of […]

Upcoming Seminar, “Visual control of motor action by camouflaged cephalopods and predatory insects: two players of the same game”

April 9th, 2013 @

UPCOMING SEMINAR Dr. Paloma Gonzalez Bellido, MBL Postdoctoral Scientist (Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior) “Visual control of motor action by camouflaged cephalopods and predatory insects: two players of the same game” MRC-210 Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3:00 PM

Nature’s Drone, Pretty and Deadly

April 2nd, 2013 @

In a string of recent papers, scientists have pinpointed key features of the dragonfly’s brain, eyes and wings that allow it to hunt so unerringly. One research team has determined that the nervous system of a dragonfly displays an almost human capacity for selective attention, able to focus on a single prey as it flies […]