Biological Cybernetics

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 185–196

A neural model of the interaction of tectal columns in prey-catching behavior

  • Michel A. Arbib
  • Rolando Lara

DOI: 10.1007/BF00344274

Cite this article as:
Arbib, M.A. & Lara, R. Biol. Cybern. (1982) 44: 185. doi:10.1007/BF00344274


Building on a simple model of a tectal column as the unit of processing in the amphibian tectum, we conduct a computer analysis of the interaction of a linear array of such columns. The model suggests that the inhibitory and excitatory activity in the tectum may have three functions: 1) spatiotemporal facilitation of column activity to a moving stimulus; 2) preference for the head of the stimulus, probably to avoid possible defensive reactions of the prey; and 3) modulating the state of excitation of the column once it has produced a response. The model also shows that the spatio-temporal effects of excitation and inhibition increases the acuity of the animal to the direction of the prey, through processes similar to lateral inhibition.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel A. Arbib
    • 1
  • Rolando Lara
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Systems Neuroscience, Computer and Information Science DepartmentUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Centro de Investigaciones en Fisiologia CelularUniversidad Nacional Autonoma de MexicoMexico 20Mexico

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