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A spiking neuron model for synchronous flashing of fireflies.

Authors
  • Kim, DaeEun
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biosystems
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2004
Volume
76
Issue
1-3
Pages
7–20
Identifiers
PMID: 15351126
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Certain species of fireflies show a group behavior of synchronous flashing. Their synchronized and rhythmic flashing has received much attention among many researchers, and there has been a study of biological models for their entrainment of flashing. The synchronous behavior of fireflies resembles the firing synchrony of integrate-and-fire neurons with excitatory or inhibitory connections. This paper shows an analysis of spiking neurons specialized for a firefly flashing model, and provides simulation results of multiple neurons with various transmission delays and coupling strengths. It also explains flashing patterns of some firefly species and examines the synchrony conditions depending on transmission delays and coupling strengths.

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