Michael Land

Summary

Affiliation: University of Sussex
Country: UK

Publications

  1. pmc Optics of the ultraviolet reflecting scales of a jumping spider
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 274:1583-9. 2007
  2. pmc Focusing by shape change in the lens of the eye: a commentary on Young (1801) 'On the mechanism of the eye'
    Michael Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 370:. 2015
  3. doi Eye movements of vertebrates and their relation to eye form and function
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QG, UK
    J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol 201:195-214. 2015
  4. doi Animal vision: starfish can see at last
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK Electronic address
    Curr Biol 24:R200-1. 2014
  5. doi Animal vision: rats watch the sky
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 23:R611-3. 2013
  6. doi The evolution of lenses
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 32:449-60. 2012
  7. doi The operation of the visual system in relation to action
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 22:R811-7. 2012
  8. doi Marine optics: dark disguise
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 21:R918-20. 2011
  9. ncbi Visual optics: the shapes of pupils
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 16:R167-8. 2006
  10. doi Biological optics: circularly polarised crustaceans
    Michael Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 18:R348-9. 2008

Detail Information

Publications32

  1. pmc Optics of the ultraviolet reflecting scales of a jumping spider
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 274:1583-9. 2007
    ..Other scales have a similar thickness of chitin but lack the air gap and thus produce a dull purple reflection. This novel mechanism provides the spiders with two colour signals, both of which are important in mating displays...
  2. pmc Focusing by shape change in the lens of the eye: a commentary on Young (1801) 'On the mechanism of the eye'
    Michael Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 370:. 2015
    ..This commentary was written to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society...
  3. doi Eye movements of vertebrates and their relation to eye form and function
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QG, UK
    J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol 201:195-214. 2015
    ..The extent of synchrony and directional symmetry in the movements of the two eyes varies greatly, from complete independence in the sandlance and chameleon, to perfect coordination in primates. ..
  4. doi Animal vision: starfish can see at last
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK Electronic address
    Curr Biol 24:R200-1. 2014
    ..Until recently no behavioural function had been found for them, but now it appears that starfish are able to use them to navigate to the edges of reefs from which they sometimes stray. ..
  5. doi Animal vision: rats watch the sky
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 23:R611-3. 2013
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  6. doi The evolution of lenses
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 32:449-60. 2012
    ..Similar scanning arrangements are found in some crustaceans, sea-snails and insect larvae...
  7. doi The operation of the visual system in relation to action
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 22:R811-7. 2012
    ..In this minireview, I shall consider how these two representations are kept aligned with each other, and how they relate to the organisation of motor actions and to the phenomenal world that we see...
  8. doi Marine optics: dark disguise
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 21:R918-20. 2011
    ..Survival in the deep sea depends on seeing others without being seen yourself. A recent study examined two switchable camouflage strategies in cephalopods: transparency and dark pigmentation...
  9. ncbi Visual optics: the shapes of pupils
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 16:R167-8. 2006
  10. doi Biological optics: circularly polarised crustaceans
    Michael Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 18:R348-9. 2008
    ..A novel visual capability, the detection of circularly polarised light, has been demonstrated in a mantis shrimp, a colourful crustacean from tropical reefs...
  11. doi Biological optics: deep reflections
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Biology, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 19:R78-80. 2009
    ..An image-forming optical system that is based on a mirror with an unconventional structure has recently been discovered in a deep-sea fish...
  12. doi Vision, eye movements, and natural behavior
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Vis Neurosci 26:51-62. 2009
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  13. ncbi Fairground rides and spatial updating
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Perception 39:1675-7. 2010
    ..This suggests that our conscious percept of rotation and the updating signal for the egocentric model we use to guide motor actions are closely related...
  14. doi Animal eyes: defending the coat of mail
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Curr Biol 21:R273-4. 2011
    ..The eyes on the backs of molluscs known as chitons are shadow and motion detectors, the lenses of which are made of birefringent aragonite. These provide a focus both in and out of water...
  15. ncbi Eye movements and the control of actions in everyday life
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Prog Retin Eye Res 25:296-324. 2006
    ..During the learning of a new activity, the eyes first provide feedback on the motor performance, but as this is perfected they provide feed-forward direction, seeking out the next object to be acted upon...
  16. ncbi Eye-hand coordination: learning a new trick
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Curr Biol 15:R955-6. 2005
    ..In many manual tasks, a specific repertoire of eye movements accompanies the actions. A new study has shown how this pattern changes as eye and hand become coordinated when learning a new skill...
  17. ncbi The roles of vision and eye movements in the control of activities of daily living
    M Land
    Sussex Centre for Neuroscience, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Perception 28:1311-28. 1999
    ..This type of unconscious attention must be a common phenomenon in everyday life...
  18. ncbi From eye movements to actions: how batsmen hit the ball
    M F Land
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Nat Neurosci 3:1340-5. 2000
    ..Comparing players with different skill levels, we found that a short latency for the first saccade distinguished good from poor batsmen, and that a cricket player's eye movement strategy contributes to his skill in the game...
  19. ncbi Steering with the head. the visual strategy of a racing driver
    M F Land
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, United Kingdom
    Curr Biol 11:1215-20. 2001
    ..From this standardized position, he can use the expected movements of the tangent points in his field of view to verify, and if necessary modify, his racing line during the following second...
  20. ncbi In what ways do eye movements contribute to everyday activities?
    M F Land
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, BN1 9QG, Brighton, UK
    Vision Res 41:3559-65. 2001
    ..The eye movements during this kind of task are nearly all to task-relevant objects, and thus their control is seen as primarily 'top-down', and influenced very little by the 'intrinsic salience' of objects...
  21. ncbi The organization of visually mediated actions in a subject without eye movements
    Michael F Land
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Neurocase 8:80-7. 2002
    ..We discuss supervisory checking operations within actions, and consider what information is needed for appropriate gaze control during object-related actions...
  22. ncbi Colour vision: colouring the dark
    Michael F Land
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 13:R83-5. 2003
    ..It is not true of nocturnal moths, however: a recent study has shown that the elephant hawk moth makes use of trichromatic colour vision when seeking flowers by starlight...
  23. pmc The spatial resolution of the pinhole eyes of giant clams (Tridacna maxima)
    Michael F Land
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 270:185-8. 2003
    ..This gives an angular acceptance angle for single receptors of 16.5 degrees, which is completely consistent with the behavioural measurements...
  24. ncbi The coordination of rotations of the eyes, head and trunk in saccadic turns produced in natural situations
    Michael F Land
    Sussex Centre for Neuroscience, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, BN1 9QG, Brighton, UK
    Exp Brain Res 159:151-60. 2004
    ..This mechanism, which is essentially the same as the vestibulo-collic reflex, nulls out disturbances to the head-in-space trajectory, whether these are caused by active or passive trunk rotation...
  25. ncbi Nocturnal vision: bees in the dark
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    Curr Biol 14:R615-6. 2004
    ..Nevertheless some tropical sweat bees have pushed the limits of this unfavourable design so far that they can navigate using landmarks that are too dim for humans to make out...
  26. ncbi Different retina-lamina projections in mosquitoes with fused and open rhabdoms
    Michael F Land
    Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
    J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol 191:639-47. 2005
    ..This arrangement is consistent with a neural superposition mechanism closely similar to that found in higher Diptera, but which must have evolved independently...
  27. ncbi Motion and vision: why animals move their eyes
    M F Land
    Sussex Centre for Neuroscience, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    J Comp Physiol A 185:341-52. 1999
    ..Hymenopteran insects also rotate during orientation flights at speeds of 100-200 degrees s-1. This is just consistent with a blur-free image, as are the scanning speeds of the animals with linear retinae...
  28. ncbi Visual memory for objects in natural scenes: from fixations to object files
    Benjamin W Tatler
    University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Q J Exp Psychol A 58:931-60. 2005
    ..Our findings imply that object files are not dependent upon the encoding of any particular object property and so are robust to dynamic visual environments...
  29. ncbi The optical structures of animal eyes
    Michael F Land
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Curr Biol 15:R319-23. 2005
  30. ncbi Sex-specific UV and fluorescence signals in jumping spiders
    Matthew L M Lim
    Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, 14 Science Drive 4, 117543 Singapore
    Science 315:481. 2007
    ..These results demonstrate the importance of both sex-specific hues as sexual signals for effective intraspecific communication...
  31. ncbi What is a naked retina good for?
    Michael F Land
    Nature 420:30-1. 2002
  32. ncbi There's more to magic than meets the eye
    Gustav Kuhn
    Department of Psychology, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
    Curr Biol 16:R950-1. 2006