Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Deer Senses
Name: John
Status: other
Age: 50s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2000-2001


Question:
How does the auditory and visual response of a deer to noise and light differ from that of a human?


Replies:
At a fundamental level, there is very little difference among mammals in the audiovisual pathways. The anatomy of the deer eye and inner ear and the general organization of the neural circuits/brain wiring would be virtually indistinguishable from those of the human. There's a lot more brain in humans through which to filter and alter responses but at a reflex level of operation, things look remarkably similar. At a behavioral response level, deer behave like deer; people behave like people, allowing in either case for the variability among populations [Sika deer or moose; male or female; young or old; urban or rural people...] and any 'training/conditionning that either organism may have had.

Dr. Dinsmore


Click here to return to the Zoology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory