Colour processing in complex environments: Insights from the visual system of bees

Adrian G Dyer, Angelique C Paulk, David H Reser

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

60 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Colour vision enables animals to detect and discriminate differences in chromatic cues independent of brightness. How the bee visual system manages this task is of interest for understanding information processing in miniaturized systems, as well as the relationship between bee pollinators and flowering plants. Bees can quickly discriminate dissimilar colours, but can also slowly learn to discriminate very similar colours, raising the question as to how the visual system can support this, or whether it is simply a learning and memory operation. We discuss the detailed neuroanatomical layout of the brain, identify probable brain areas for colour processing, and suggest that there may be multiple systems in the bee brain that mediate either coarse or fine colour discrimination ability in a manner dependent upon individual experience. These multiple colour pathways have been identified along both functional and anatomical lines in the bee brain, providing us with some insights into how the brain may operate to support complex colour discrimination behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)952 - 959
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume278
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Cite this

@article{9f83da3dbb874a40bf73bbbebb5cf571,
title = "Colour processing in complex environments: Insights from the visual system of bees",
abstract = "Colour vision enables animals to detect and discriminate differences in chromatic cues independent of brightness. How the bee visual system manages this task is of interest for understanding information processing in miniaturized systems, as well as the relationship between bee pollinators and flowering plants. Bees can quickly discriminate dissimilar colours, but can also slowly learn to discriminate very similar colours, raising the question as to how the visual system can support this, or whether it is simply a learning and memory operation. We discuss the detailed neuroanatomical layout of the brain, identify probable brain areas for colour processing, and suggest that there may be multiple systems in the bee brain that mediate either coarse or fine colour discrimination ability in a manner dependent upon individual experience. These multiple colour pathways have been identified along both functional and anatomical lines in the bee brain, providing us with some insights into how the brain may operate to support complex colour discrimination behaviours.",
author = "Dyer, {Adrian G} and Paulk, {Angelique C} and Reser, {David H}",
year = "2011",
doi = "10.1098/rspb.2010.2412",
language = "English",
volume = "278",
pages = "952 -- 959",
journal = "Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences",
issn = "0962-8452",
publisher = "The Royal Society Publishing",

}

Colour processing in complex environments: Insights from the visual system of bees. / Dyer, Adrian G; Paulk, Angelique C; Reser, David H.

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol. 278, 2011, p. 952 - 959.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Colour processing in complex environments: Insights from the visual system of bees

AU - Dyer, Adrian G

AU - Paulk, Angelique C

AU - Reser, David H

PY - 2011

Y1 - 2011

N2 - Colour vision enables animals to detect and discriminate differences in chromatic cues independent of brightness. How the bee visual system manages this task is of interest for understanding information processing in miniaturized systems, as well as the relationship between bee pollinators and flowering plants. Bees can quickly discriminate dissimilar colours, but can also slowly learn to discriminate very similar colours, raising the question as to how the visual system can support this, or whether it is simply a learning and memory operation. We discuss the detailed neuroanatomical layout of the brain, identify probable brain areas for colour processing, and suggest that there may be multiple systems in the bee brain that mediate either coarse or fine colour discrimination ability in a manner dependent upon individual experience. These multiple colour pathways have been identified along both functional and anatomical lines in the bee brain, providing us with some insights into how the brain may operate to support complex colour discrimination behaviours.

AB - Colour vision enables animals to detect and discriminate differences in chromatic cues independent of brightness. How the bee visual system manages this task is of interest for understanding information processing in miniaturized systems, as well as the relationship between bee pollinators and flowering plants. Bees can quickly discriminate dissimilar colours, but can also slowly learn to discriminate very similar colours, raising the question as to how the visual system can support this, or whether it is simply a learning and memory operation. We discuss the detailed neuroanatomical layout of the brain, identify probable brain areas for colour processing, and suggest that there may be multiple systems in the bee brain that mediate either coarse or fine colour discrimination ability in a manner dependent upon individual experience. These multiple colour pathways have been identified along both functional and anatomical lines in the bee brain, providing us with some insights into how the brain may operate to support complex colour discrimination behaviours.

UR - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21147796

U2 - 10.1098/rspb.2010.2412

DO - 10.1098/rspb.2010.2412

M3 - Article

VL - 278

SP - 952

EP - 959

JO - Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

JF - Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

SN - 0962-8452

ER -