Reading Course "Classic Papers in Neuroethology" 2023

One classic paper with strong relevance in the field of neuroethology research will be discussed per session.
For each paper, one student will be in charge of outlining the major hypothesis and summarizing the results, concluding statements, and linking current advancements.

The sessions take place at the MPINB, room 301+303 from 17:15-18:15 on the indicated dates.




  • Paper: Aho, A.C., Donner, K., Helenius, S. et al. (1993). Visual performance of the toad (Bufo bufo) at low light levels: retinal ganglion cell responses and prey-catching accuracy. J Comp Physiol A 172: 671–682.
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  • Presenter: Daniela Martin Machado
  • Principle Investigator attending: Kevin Briggman


  • Paper: Knudsen, Eric I., and Masakazu Konishi. (1978). Center-Surround Organization of Auditory Receptive Fields in the Owl. Science, 202(4369): 778–780.
  • Presenter: Matthew Keaton
  • Principle Investigator attending: Jason Kerr


  • Paper 1: Müller M, Wehner R. (1998). Path integration in desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Jul;85(14): 5287-5290.
  • Paper 2: Wehner R, Müller M. The significance of direct sunlight and polarized skylight in the ant's celestial system of navigation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Aug 15;103(33):12575-9. Epub 2006 Aug 3.
  • Presenter: Rukhmani Narayanamurthy
  • Principle Investigator attending: Monika Scholz


  • Paper: Bullock, T.H., Hamstra, R.H. & Scheich, H. (1972). The jamming avoidance response of high frequency electric fish. J. Comp. Physiol. 77: 1–22 .
  • Presenter: Damien Demarest
  • Principle Investigator attending: Tobias Rose


  • Paper: Rose MC, Styr B, Schmid TA, Elie JE, Yartsev MM. (2021). Cortical representation of group social communication in bats. Science. Oct 22;374(6566):eaba9584.
  • Presenter: Fumie Hiramatsu
  • Principle Investigator attending: Heinz Beck


  • Paper: Mountcastle VB, Lynch JC, Georgopoulos A, Sakata H, Acuna C. (1975). Posterior parietal association cortex of the monkey: command functions for operations within extrapersonal space. J Neurophysiol. Jul;38(4): 871-908.
  • Presenter: Leonard Böger
  • Principle Investigator attending: Marcel Oberländer


  • Paper: Hammer M. (1993). An identified neuron mediates the unconditioned stimulus in associative olfactory learning in honeybees. Nature. Nov 4; 366: 59-63.
  • Presenter: Bjorge Meulemeester
  • Principle Investigator attending: Sabine Krabbe


  • Paper: Robertson RM, Pearson KG. (1985). Neural circuits in the flight system of the locust. J Neurophysiol. Jan;53(1):110-128.
  • Presenter: Maria Royo Cano
  • Principle Investigator attending: Bettina Schnell