Insect and human face recognition

Insects Recognize Faces Using Processing Mechanism Similar to That of Humans [Preview]

Conventional wisdom holds that the ability to recognize faces requires a complex mammalian brain. But some insects are surprisingly adept at this task

By Elizabeth A. Tibbetts and Adrian G. Dyer

Excerpt: “…certain insects that do not normally memorize faces in the wild can be trained to do so—and can at times even learn to tell human faces apart.”

My comment: Elekonich and Robinson (2000) “Organizational and activational effects of hormones on insect behavior”  extended to insects our 1996 mammalian model of pheromone-induced changes in hormones that organize and subsequently activate behavior detailed in “From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior.”

The idea  of face recognition in insects flies in the face of anyone familiar with biologically based cause and effect in any species. Even a friend who claims to be merely a relatively uneducated farmer mentioned that his bees recognize him. The only time he’s been stung was when he was severely ill, and he attributed that to the change in his natural scent.

He also attributes part of the world-wide problem with honeybee colony collapse to robbing the hives of too much honey, and providing them with high fructose substitutes.  Thus, he probably correctly identified a problem that is due to diet-driven changes in methyl groups that result in changes in the honeybee brain.

Honeybees are then less likely to properly respond to food odors due to changes in their dopaminergic and serotoninergic neuronal systems that are essential for selection of the most nutritious foods. The feedback of these and other neuronal systems on juvenile hormone supports the development of their immune system responses to changes in their sensory environment, which are associated with pesticides and cell phone towers etc. Researcher have ruled out some likely cause and effect relationships without consulting with farmers who know more about it. These researcher may be the same people who think the bees recognize the farmer’s face when they should know that self vs non-self recognition is a function of olfaction, pheromones, and the immune system in species from microbes to man.

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society