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Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 193, Issue 2, pp 285–288 | Cite as

Resonant neurons and bushcricket behaviour

  • Barbara WebbEmail author
  • Jan Wessnitzer
  • Sarah Bush
  • Johannes Schul
  • Jonas Buchli
  • Auke Ijspeert
Short Communication

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Orthoptera Phonotaxis Pattern recognition Resonance Neural model 

Notes

Acknowledgments

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Webb
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Jan Wessnitzer
    • 1
  • Sarah Bush
    • 2
  • Johannes Schul
    • 2
  • Jonas Buchli
    • 3
  • Auke Ijspeert
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Perception, Action and Behaviour, School of InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Biologically Inspired Robotics Group (BIRG), School of Computer and Communication SciencesEPFLLausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4.JCMB King’s BuildingsEdinburghUK

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