Understanding cuttlefish camouflage
Many animals use camouflage to disguise themselves from predators and prey. The cuttlefish, a relative of octopus and squid, has the best camouflage among all animals. They are able to change their skin colour, pattern, and texture within seconds in order to blend in with their surroundings. They do this by using their highly visual brains to expand and contract millions of pigment filled sacks in their skin. I'm interested in how this process works in detail, studying this fascinating animal to better understand visual perception and the neural control of behaviour in general.
Dr. Sam Reiter is a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. He came from the U.S.A. after living in Washington D.C. He is interested in how the brain allows animals, including humans, to accomplish intelligent behaviors. He's looking forward to talk a bit about what he had learned.
Dr. Or Shahar
Postdoc at the Schuman Department
Dr. Arjan Vink
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