Optomotor response

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The optomotor response is an innate behaviour common to fish[1] and all insects. It serves for course stabilization during free locomotion through an involuntary displacement from a straight course.[2] The purpose of this behaviour is to regain the desired course of locomotion.


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  2. ^ Lehrer, M. (1993). "Spatial vision in the honeybee: the use of different cues in different tasks". Vision Research. 34 (18): 2363–2385. PMID 7975277. doi:10.1016/0042-6989(94)90282-8.