Animal Navigation

Ian P. Howard

in Perceiving in Depth

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199764167
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949373 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

Animal Navigation

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This chapter deals with sensory and motor systems that animals use to navigate. Navigation involves the registration of the direction and distance of sites beyond the range of sensory detectors. In one form of navigation, foraging animals use path integration to keep a record of the direction and distance of their movement from the home site. In true navigation, an animal registers the location of a distant site using information at a given location. For example, pigeons return to their loft from locations they have not visited previously. In celestial navigation, migrating animals are guided by the sun or the stars. It has been shown recently that some animals navigate by sensing the local direction of the Earth’s magnetic field.

Keywords: dead reckoning; path integration; celestial navigation; magnetic navigation

Chapter.  13741 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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