Nowdays, we know that animals like primates have selective attention. A discovery published in the journal Current Biology by Dr Steven Wiederman and Associate Professor David O’Carrol from the University of Adelaide’s Centre, who have been studying insects for many years, says that Dragonflies have selective attention too.
With some very little utensils the researchrs have discovered neuron activity in dragonflies that enables allows selective attention. This is a importat fact for the survival of these insects because it help they on concentrate in one object when they are hunting. The insect they want hunt might be part of a swarm so te dragonflie selects a target, neuron activity filters out all other potential prey. This quality makes dragonflies more effective predator.
In humans, this is a fundamental ability to select and respon to one sensory stimulus in the presence of distractions. Proffesors believe that this discobery may be importat in the robotic world because the insect brain could help neurocientist to fully understand the underlying network of neurons and copy it into intelligent robots.
I took this article from: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220143224.htm Dragonflies have Human-Like “Selective Attention”
The original source is: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982212013929(Selective Attention in an Insect Visual Neuron) where wee cand find more information of the topic. Firstly, the neuron of the selective attention is CSTMD1 and acts like in a competition, the best target it’s the target that the neuron select for the attention . Finally the stronger stimulous wins and the drgonflie can hunt it.
In my opinion this is a very important discovery for the future, beause for the people who made the robots will be a very important help and the world could change a lot with the intelligent robots. It will make the world a better place.