Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 191, Issue 3, pp 197–199

Mechanisms of behavioral switching


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


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.


Decision making Motor control Neuromodulation Neuroethology Switching 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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