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Invariants of Behavior

Constancy and Variability in Neural Systems

  • Studies the possible space of variations in structure and dynamics that maintain a given behavioral function unchanged; what are, in other words, the invariants of a given behavior

  • Invariances are introduced first generally, then in the study of neural systems

  • The role of empirical invariances in explanation of behavioral function is discussed and exemplified


Part of the Springer Series in Cognitive and Neural Systems book series (SSCNS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Invariants of Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mario Negrello
      Pages 3-9
    3. Mario Negrello
      Pages 11-40
    4. Mario Negrello
      Pages 41-62
    5. Mario Negrello
      Pages 63-79
    6. Mario Negrello
      Pages 81-99
    7. Mario Negrello
      Pages 101-121
  3. Neurodynamics of Embodied Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-124
    2. Mario Negrello
      Pages 125-140
    3. Mario Negrello
      Pages 177-212
    4. Mario Negrello
      Pages 213-238
    5. Mario Negrello
      Pages 239-244
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 245-251

About this book


The study of the brain and behavior is enhanced by the discovery of invariances. Experimental brain research uncovers constancies amid variation with respect to interventions and transformations prescribed by experimental paradigms; furthermore, place cells, mirror neurons, event-related potentials, and areas differentially active in fMRI all illustrate the pervasive role of invariances in neural systems in relation to their function.

Invariants of Behavior: Constancy and Variability in Neural Systems and Behavior explores the role of invariances in the study of behavior and neural systems. It analyzes invariances with respect to neural structure, functional behavior and the dynamics of neural activity. It discusses the role of empirical invariances in behavioral function as well as the appearance of invariances in computational models. In addition, it introduces terminological extensions of neurodynamics and includes a set of original robotics experiments on the evolution of the active-tracking behavior of a simulated agent.

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Okinawa Institute for Science and TechnoKunigami-gunJapan

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