Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 191, Issue 3, pp 197–199

Mechanisms of behavioral switching

Introduction

DOI: 10.1007/s00359-004-0560-1

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Faulkes, Z. J Comp Physiol A (2005) 191: 197. doi:10.1007/s00359-004-0560-1

Abstract

No animal performs only one behavior, so nervous systems must have ways to switch between different behaviors. In this issue of Journal of Comparative Physiology A, several papers discuss how nervous systems achieve this ordered switching between behaviors, from short-term motor control problems, to medium-term decision making based on past experience, to long-term modulation and selection of overall behavioral strategies, such as dominance versus subordinance.

Keywords

Decision makingMotor controlNeuromodulationNeuroethologySwitching

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of Texas—Pan AmericanEdinburgUSA