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dc.contributor.supervisor Pellis, Sergio M.
dc.contributor.author Bell, Heather C.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-30T16:53:11Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-30T16:53:11Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3592
dc.description xii, 127 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
dc.description.abstract Many types of animal behaviour, especially seemingly complex social interactions, have been attributed to the existence of complex cognitive mechanisms, underpinned by stimulus-response (S-R) rules. Indeed, as speci c behaviours are analyzed in greater and greater detail, the increasing number of minor variations observed, even under tightly-controlled experimental conditions, seem to necessitate the operation of increasingly powerful computational devices. An alternate view, inspired by cybernetic theory, is that what is important is not the speci c behaviours used by animals, but the goal of the organism in a particular context. In this thesis, a closed-loop cybernetic methodology for understanding behaviour is developed and implemented. Evidence is presented that, not only do at least some behaviours of animals function like engineered control systems, but also that this type of architecture is widespread in phylogenetic terms, relatively robust to interference, and able to be arti cially reproduced. Implications for the study of the behaviour of all organisms are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Neuroscience en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject behavioural variability en_US
dc.subject cybernetic model en_US
dc.subject robbing and dodging en_US
dc.subject animal behaviour en_US
dc.subject Decision making in animals -- Research
dc.subject Motivation in animals -- Research
dc.subject Cybernetics
dc.subject Learning, Psychology of
dc.title Control in living systems : an exploration of the cybernetic properties of interactive behaviour en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Neuroscience en_US
dc.degree.level Ph.D en_US
dc.degree.level PhD
dc.proquestyes No en_US


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