Resonant neurons and bushcricket behaviour

Barbara Webb, Jan Wessnitzer, Sarah Bush, Johannes Schul, Jonas Buchli, Auke Ijspeert

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Comparative Physiology A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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