Mood vision and the master control of behaviour
Recording from AI Lund lunch seminar 22 November 2022
Topic: Mood vision and the master control of behaviour
Speaker: Dan-E Nilsson, Functional zoology and Lund Vision Group, Lund University
Moderator: Kalle Åström, Professor, Mathematical Imaging Group, Lund University - Coordinator AI Lund
When: 2 November at 12.00-13.15
Spoken language: English
We are attracted to ‘beautiful’ environments, which we like to remain in or return to. Most people would also agree that weather conditions have a strong influence on their mood and what they prefer to do. Light and the visual environment obviously have major effects on our mind, determining where we want to be and what we want to do. This master control of behaviour is of fundamental biological importance to humans, as well as to all other animals. Remarkably, this ancient and essential visual function remains unexplored. However, new ways to quantify visual environments suggest that vertical gradients of intensity, color and contrast are the primary visual cues used by humans and animals to set the mind in favour of biologically suitable activities. These findings have a huge potential for understanding animal distribution and behaviour, as well as offering entirely novel applications for interior lighting.