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Barrie Frost

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Professor Emeritus

B.A., University of Canterbury, 1961
M.A. (hons), University of Canterbury, 1964
Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1967
P.D.F. UC Berkeley, 1968-69

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Psychology Department
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests
  • Neural processing of dynamic auditory and visual stimuli.
  • Visual control of posture and locomotion.
  • The development of helmet mounted displays for "Virtual Realities" and telerobotic applications.
  • Multisensory integration in the nervous system.
  • Use of Virtual Realities for psychophysical determination of motion parallax sensitivity in Owls.
  • Neural basis for magnetic orientation in birds.
  • Navigational abilities of the Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus spigeus).
  • Navigation in the Monarch Butterfly.
  • This work is supported by an operating grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Centres of Excellence Research Grant from the Institute of Robotics and Intelligence Systems.
Selected Publications

Stalleicken, J., Mukhida, M., Labhart, T, Wehner, R., Frost, B. & Mouritsen, H. Do monarch butterflies use polarized skylight for migratory orientation? Journal of Experimental Biology, 2005, 208, 2399-2408.

Poirier, F.J.A.M., & Frost, B.J. Global orientation aftereffect in multi-attribute displays: implications for the binding problem. Vision Research, 2004, 45, 497-506.

Frost, B. J. and Sun, H. The Biological Bases of time-to-collision computations. Chapter 2 in: Theories of time to contact. H. Hecht and G.J.P. Savelsbergh, eds. Advances in Psychology, North Holland, 2004, pp. 13-37.

Anderson, D.J., Huyvaert, K.P., Wood, D.R., Gillikin, C.L., Frost, B.J. and Mouritsen, H. At-sea distribution of Waved Albatrosses and the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Biological Conservation, 2003, 110:367-373.

van der Willigen, R.F., Frost, B.J. and Wagner, H. How owls structure visual information. Animal Cognition, 2003. 6:39-55.

Mouritsen, H., Huyvaert, K.P., Frost, B.J. and Anderson, D.J. Waved albatrosses can navigate without a functional magnetic compass. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2003, 206, 4155-4166.

Mouritsen, H. and Frost, B.J. Virtual migration in tethered flying monarch butterflies reveals their orientation mechanisms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2002, 99:10162-10166.

Van der Willigen, R.F., Frost, B.J. and Wagner, H. Depth generalization from stereo motion parallax in the owl. Journal of Comparative Physiology A., 2002, 187:997-1007.

Frost, B.J. Neural processing of visual and auditory information. Chapter 2. In: Psychology at the Turn of the Millenium, Vol. 1 (L. Bäckman and C. von Hofsten, eds.). Psychology Press, 2002, 29-53.

Troje, N. and Frost, B.J. Head-bobbing in pigeons: How stable is the hold phase? Journal of Experimental Biology, 2000, 203:935-940. (Written up in New Scientist, 165(2227):23).