Detection of polarized light by the homing pigeon,Columba livia

  title={Detection of polarized light by the homing pigeon,Columba livia},
  author={Melvin L. Kreithen and William T. Keeton},
  journal={Journal of comparative physiology},
Of 12 homing pigeons tested, four could be trained to discriminate between a linearly polarized light source with a rotating axis of polarization and the same light source with a stationary axis of polarization. Initially, all 12 pigeons were trained to discriminate between rotating and nonrotating crosshairs. The crosshairs were gradually faded until only polarized light remained. The response was a classically conditioned increase in heart rate. An additional control series was performed… CONTINUE READING
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