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Timescale and stability in adaptive behaviour

Buckley, C., Bullock, S. and Cohen, N. (2005) Timescale and stability in adaptive behaviour. In: Capcarrere, M.S., Freitas, A.A, Bentley, P.J., Johnson, C.G. and Timmis, J., (eds.) Advances in Artificial Life: 8th European Conference, ECAL 2005, Canterbury, UK, September 5-9, 2005. Proceedings. ECAL 2005, September 5-9, 2005, Canterbury, UK. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3630). Springer , Berlin / Heidelberg , pp. 292-301. ISBN 978-3-540-28848-0


Recently, in both the neuroscience and adaptive behaviour communities, there has been growing interest in the interplay of multiple timescales within neural systems. In particular, the phenomenon of neuromodulation has received a great deal of interest within neuroscience and a growing amount of attention within adaptive behaviour research. This interest has been driven by hypotheses and evidence that have linked neuromodulatory chemicals to a wide range of important adaptive processes such as regulation, reconfiguration, and plasticity. Here, we first demonstrate that manipulating timescales can qualitatively alter the dynamics of a simple system of coupled model neurons. We go on to explore this effect in larger systems within the framework employed by Gardner, Ashby and May in their seminal studies of stability in complex networks. On the basis of linear stability analysis, we conclude that, despite evidence that timescale is important for stability, the presence of multiple timescales within a single system has, in general, no appreciable effect on the May-Wigner stability/connectance relationship. Finally we address some of the shortcomings of linear stability analysis and conclude that more sophisticated analytical approaches are required in order to explore the impact of multiple timescales on the temporally extended dynamics of adaptive systems.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Miss Jamie Grant
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 17:22
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:39
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11553090_30
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Identification Number: 10.1007/11553090_30
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7956

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