Accession Number:

ADA210225

Title:

Parallel Processing and Learning in Simple Systems

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 10 Jan 1986-14 Jan 1989

Corporate Author:

OREGON STATE UNIV NEWPORT HATFIELD MARINE SCIENCE CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-03-15

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

Work over the three-year tenure of this grant has dealt with interrelated studies of 1 neuropharmacology, 2 behavior, and 3 distributed parallel processing in the generation of variable motor patterns in the buccal- oral system of the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica. 4 Computer simulations of simple neutral networks have been undertaken to examine neurointegrative principles that could not be examined in biological preparations. The simulation work has set the basis for further simulations dealing with networks having characteristics relating to real neurons. All of the work has had the goal of developing interdisciplinary tools for understanding the scale-independent problem of how individuals, each possessing only local knowledge of group activity, act within a group to produce different and variable adaptive outputs, and, in turn, of how the group influences the activity of the individual. The pharmacologic studies have had the goal of developing biochemical tools with which to identify groups of neurons that perform specific tasks during the production of a given behavior but are multifunctional by being critically involved in generating several different behaviors.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE