Resonant neurons and bushcricket behaviour
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The resonant properties of the intrinsic dynamics of single neurons could play a direct role in behaviour. One plausible role is in the recognition of temporal patterns, such as that seen in the auditory communication systems of Orthoptera. Recent behavioural data from bushcrickets suggests that this behaviour has interesting resonance properties, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. Here we show that a very simple and general model for neural resonance could directly account for the different behavioural responses of bushcrickets to different song patterns.
KeywordsOrthoptera Phonotaxis Pattern recognition Resonance Neural model
This work was carried out while B.Webb was a visiting professor at EPFL, Lausanne. Jan Wessnitzer is supported by the EC Sixth Framework SPARK project. Jonas Buchli and Auke Ijspeert are supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
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