Zombification of Insects as a Model for Searching the Source of Various Behaviors of Living Organisms
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka University
2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
The adaptive behavior of living creatures is considered to be generated by interactions between the brain, body, and environment. However, to better understand this essence, it is important to study the minimalistic set of interactions between the brain, body, and environment and to extract the underlying control mechanism. Therefore, in this research, we propose a novel methodology for observing the behavior by stepwise inhibition (zombification) of the upper brain functions of living organisms.*
* This article is a translation from the article: K. Osuka, “Source of Various Behaviors of Living Things that Understands from Zombification of Insects,” The 8th Conf. of Transdisciplinary Federation of Science and Technology, D-2-1, 2017 (in Japanese).
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