Dynamic color communication

Pierce Hutton, Brett M. Seymoure, Kevin McGraw, Russell A. Ligon, Richard K. Simpson

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Animal behaviors are dynamic in both space and time, and this variation is the raw material for exceptional behavioral adaptations in the animal kingdom. Here we argue that this same dynamism characterizes color signals in nature and that comparable approaches, both conceptually and methodologically, should be taken to comprehensively assess the production, perception, function, and evolution of dynamic animal colors. We review and synthesize recent findings in these emerging areas of color research and highlight the complex and interactive dynamics of color communication between senders and receivers. We also advance opportunities for new areas of research, especially centered on visual and neural plasticity of color reception as well as the intricate signaling interactions between co-expressed display behaviors and colors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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