The animations are for the animals? Very interesting!

On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 6:29 PM, Jeremy Swan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We've done some work recently, making animated stimuli for animal research, leading to multiple publications (at last count, 5).

I think this is a new frontier, ripe for exploration, especially interactive graphics.

-Jeremy

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On Apr 9, 2015, at 2:19 PM, barrett klein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear Lore,

I'm glad this article is of interest to you and I wholly agree with everything you wrote.  It is not in vogue to conduct descriptive science, for the most part, but we do see new imaging techniques contributing visually to certain branches of science.  I am pursuing a new study beyond behavior that might address these changes.

Again, thank you for expressing interest.

cheers,
barrett

barrett klein
Department of Biology
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI
www.pupating.org

On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM, Lore Ruttan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Thanks for sharing your article Barrett. Your finding that SOIs are not replacing illustrations in any great number is interesting. Tinbergen was certainly right that much less descriptive work is done but I think there are deeper reasons for that than just 'it's already been done'. So many of today's ecological researchers are fearful of doing any descriptive because of the perception that it is soft, or popular. In our tenure driven world that's a big problem. I wonder if researchers in areas of science that operate on the micro or macro level are more likely to use images now days since technology has opened the door to all kinds of "new and exciting" imagery. Hope that makes sense - just getting over the flu and still a little dopey!

Lore

On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 8:20 PM, barrett klein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I thought some might be interested in a new paper Tom Seeley and I just published, investigating the use of visuals in animal behavior publications.  We found that images have precipitously declined over the course of behavior journals' histories--- I would argue to the detriment of the field.  I am excited about the potential this paper has to make fellow scientists reflect on the value of visuals to convey concepts and ideas in biology, as well as to inspire our audience. 

A link to the paper:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2y3yUcoZ_vSdnY2Mnc4ZzNkVzA/view?usp=sharing

The publication will appear in print in the May issue of Animal Behaviour.

cheers,
barrett

barrett klein
Department of Biology
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI
www.pupating.org

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