Using micro-video cameras attached to the heads of two dogs, this chapter examines their optical behavior while catching Frisbees. The chapter's findings reveal that dogs use the same viewer-based navigational heuristics previously found with baseball players (i.e., maintaining the target along a linear optical trajectory, LOT, with optical speed constancy). On trials in which the Frisbee dramatically changed direction, the dog maintained an LOT with speed constancy until it apparently could no longer do so and then simply established a new LOT and optical speed until interception. This work demonstrates the use of simple control mechanisms that utilize invariant geometric properties to accomplish interceptive tasks. It confirms a common interception strategy that extends both across species and to complex target trajectories.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Heuristics|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Foundations of Adaptive Behavior|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - May 1 2011|
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