Olfaction: Responses of a Decapod Crustacean Are Enhanced by Flicking

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Science  13 Jul 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4402, pp. 204-206
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4402.204


Periodic movements of the olfactory organs, known as "flicking," temporally enhance the response of the olfactory receptors of the spiny lobster to changes in stimulus concentration. This reflex provides the lobster with a physiological mechanism to compensate for the indiscrete temporal nature of chemical stimuli.