Beyond Control: The Dynamics of Brain-Body-Environment Interaction in Motor Systems

  • Randall D. Beer
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 629)


Discussions of motor behavior have traditionally focused on how a nervous system controls a body. However, it has become increasingly clear that a broader perspective, in which motor behavior is seen as arising from the interaction between neural and biomechanical dynamics, is needed. This chapter reviews a line of work aimed at exploring this perspective in a simple model of walking. Specifically, I describe the evolution of neural pattern generators for a hexapod body, present a neuromechanical analysis of the dynamics of the evolved agents, characterize how the neural and biomechanical constraints structure the fitness space for this task, and examine the impact of network architecture.


Sensory Feedback Motor Pattern Walking Pattern Evolutionary Search Neural Activity Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cognitive Science Program, Department of Computer Science, Department of InformaticsIndiana UniversityBloomington

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