Amoebae anticipate periodic events

Tetsu Saigusa, Atsushi Tero, Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Yoshiki Kuramoto

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When plasmodia of the true slime mold Physarum were exposed to unfavorable conditions presented as three consecutive pulses at constant intervals, they reduced their locomotive speed in response to each episode. When the plasmodia were subsequently subjected to favorable conditions, they spontaneously reduced their locomotive speed at the time when the next unfavorable episode would have occurred. This implied the anticipation of impending environmental change. We explored the mechanisms underlying these types of behavior from a dynamical systems perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Article number018101
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 3 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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