Neural Networks and Behaviour


Neural networks are interconnected groups of neurons that can coordinate global behavioural responses such as escape, rhythmic movements, or complex voluntary actions.

Keywords: neurobiology; experimental techniques; escape; rhythmic behaviours; dynamics

Further Reading

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Chiel HJ, Beer RD and Gallagher JC (1999) Evolution and analysis of model CPGs for walking I. Dynamical modules. Journal of Computational Neuroscience 7: 99–118.

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Chiel, Hillel J, and Beer, Randall D(Apr 2001) Neural Networks and Behaviour. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000187]