The Analysis of Behavioral Networks

  • John C. Fentress
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 56)


In this paper I hope to show how one can analyze integrated patterns of vertebrate behavior at several levels of organization, a task that is obviously critical to neuroethology. Thus, as stated by Ewert (1980) in his recent scholarly survey of the field, the ultimate goal of neuroethology is to relate activity within ‘groups of interconnected nerve cells” to the’ spatially and temporally coordinated patterns of movement, that is, behavior’ (p.1). Ewert importantly also goes on to point out that: ‘Neuroethology draws its problems from the biology of behavior. The foundation of exploration is the quantitative analysis of behavior’ (p.10). It is the multilayered patterning of behavior that I wish to explore here.


Central Pattern Generator Rattus Norvegicus Displacement Activity Model Predator Coherent Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Fentress
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychology and BiologyDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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