March 2010 Blog Posts (3)

A long way to go and a small brain to get there

[Crossposted from NeuroDojo]



For many birds, migration is a major component of life. You'd expect think that migration would have a whole cascade of effects on those birds, including the nervous system. But which way?



On the one hand, migration might be correlated with large brains to handle the the complex navigation tasks. On the other hand, migration might be correlated with… Continue

Added by Zen Faulkes on March 28, 2010 at 11:01am — No Comments

Rattling neuroethology's windows

[Crossposting from NeuroDojo. Deep breath.]



As I’ve written recently, I don’t feel all that at home and comfortable in the field of neuroscience. I feel much more at home in the discipline of neuroethology, which investigates the neural bases of naturally occurring animal behaviour. It is populated by people who still appreciate… Continue

Added by Zen Faulkes on March 11, 2010 at 4:12am — 1 Comment

Can jellyfish see colour?

[Crossposted from NeuroDojo]



“Jellyfish? See colours? That’s crazy talk! They’d need eyes to do that! They don’t even have brains, do they?”



Some jellyfish do have eyes to go along with their well-developed central nervous system. These are box jellies, which are generally better known because… Continue

Added by Zen Faulkes on March 6, 2010 at 2:04pm — No Comments

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