M3 publications

These are the publications to have come out of “Man, Mantis and Machine” so far. Please click on the titles to download a PDF.

Second-order cues to figure motion enable object detection during prey capture by praying mantises

Nityananda V, O’Keeffe J, Umeton D, Simmons A, Read JCA ( 2019 )
Second-order cues to figure motion enable object detection during prey capture by praying mantises

PNAS Vol: Pages: [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 31818943


Full data and analysis code here on Figshare.
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Apparent Motion Perception in the Praying Mantis: Psychophysics and Modelling

Tarawneh G, Jones L, Nityananda V, Rosner R, Rind C, Read JCA ( 2018 )
Apparent Motion Perception in the Praying Mantis: Psychophysics and Modelling

Vision Vol: 2(3) Pages: 32; doi: 10.3390/vision2030032 [view on journal website]


The data collected in this study are available on https://github.com/m3project/mantis-dmax.
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Motion-in-depth perception and prey capture in the praying mantis Sphodromantis lineola

Nityananda V, Joubier C, Tan J, Tarawneh G, Read JCA ( 2019 )
Motion-in-depth perception and prey capture in the praying mantis Sphodromantis lineola

Journal of Experimental Biology Vol: 222 Pages: jeb198614 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 31064852


Data and analysis code on figshare.
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Pattern and Speed Interact to Hide Moving Prey

Umeton D, Tarawneh G, Fezza E, Read JCA, Rowe C ( 2019 )
Pattern and Speed Interact to Hide Moving Prey

Current Biology Vol: 29(18) Pages: 3109-3113.e3 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 31522941


Comment article by Johannes Zanker: "Prey capture: Becoming invisible when you move"

Newcastle University press release: "It's all a blur: why stripes hide moving prey" Media coverage: ITV news; The Sun Article on The Conversation website.

Raw data and analysis code are available here: https://doi.org/10.25405/data.ncl.8869919.
Software to run the experiments is here:
https://github.com/m3project.


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Contrast thresholds reveal different visual masking functions in humans and praying mantises

Tarawneh G, Nityananda V, Rosner R, Errington S, Herbert W, Arranz-Paraíso S, Busby N, Tampin J, Read JCA, Serrano-Pedraza I ( 2018 )
Contrast thresholds reveal different visual masking functions in humans and praying mantises

Biology Open Vol: 7(4). Pages: pii: bio029439. doi: 10.1242/bio.029439. [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 29700198

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A Novel Form of Stereo Vision in the Praying Mantis

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Henriksen S, Umeton D, Simmons A, Read JCA ( 2018 )
A Novel Form of Stereo Vision in the Praying Mantis

Current Biology Vol: 28 (4) Pages: 588-593.E4 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 29429616


Watch our video abstract here.

Data and analysis code on figshare

Media coverage: Ed Yong in The Atlantic, Digital Trends, Gizmodo, Sky News, Newsweek, Science Magazine, Popular Mechanics, The Telegraph, The Verge, Live Science, Science Alert, National Geographic.

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Stereopsis in animals: evolution, function and mechanisms

Nityananda V, Read JCA ( 2017 )
Stereopsis in animals: evolution, function and mechanisms

Journal of Experimental Biology Vol: 220 Pages: 2502-2512 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 28724702

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Unravelling the illusion of flicker fusion

Umeton D, Read JCA, Rowe C ( 2017 )
Unravelling the illusion of flicker fusion

Biology Letters Vol: 13 Pages: 13: 20160831. [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 28148834

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Invisible noise obscures visible signal in insect motion detection

Tarawneh G, Nityananda V, Rosner R, Errington S, Herbert W, Cumming BG, Read JCA, Serrano-Pedraza I ( 2017 )
Invisible noise obscures visible signal in insect motion detection

Scientific Reports Vol: 7: 3496 Pages: 1-14 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 28615659

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Anatomy of the lobula complex in the brain of the praying mantis compared to the lobula complexes of the locust and cockroach

Rosner R, von Hadeln J, Salden T, Homberg U ( 2017 )
Anatomy of the lobula complex in the brain of the praying mantis compared to the lobula complexes of the locust and cockroach

Journal of Comparative Neurology Vol: 525 (10) Pages: 2343–2357 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 28295329

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The optomotor response of the praying mantis is driven predominantly by the central visual field

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Errington S, Serrano-Pedraza I, Read JCA ( 2017 )
The optomotor response of the praying mantis is driven predominantly by the central visual field

Journal of Comparative Physiology A Vol: 203 Pages: 77-87 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 28005254

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Small or far away? Size and distance perception in the praying mantis.

Nityananda V, Bissianna G, Tarawneh G, Read JCA ( 2016 )
Small or far away? Size and distance perception in the praying mantis.

Philosophical Transactions B Vol: 371(1697) Pages: pii: 20150262 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 27269605

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The contrast sensitivity function of the praying mantis Sphodromantis lineola

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Jones L, Busby N, Herbert W, Davies R, Read JCA ( 2015 )
The contrast sensitivity function of the praying mantis Sphodromantis lineola

Journal of Comparative Physiology A Vol: 201(8) Pages: 741-50 [view on journal website] Pubmed ID : 25894490


Here you can find the raw data for this paper, in Matlab format, and also an Excel file reporting the fitted thresholds for the individual insects and for the aggregate data pooled across individuals, using the methods reported in the paper. Also, see this blog post on a subtlety concerning the definition of frequency.
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Man, mantis and machine : the computation of 3D vision

Read JCA ( 2013 )
Man, mantis and machine : the computation of 3D vision

Leverhulme Trust Annual Review Vol: Pages:

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