Open Field Exploratory Behavior / Itai Fonio, Udi Fonio - Sep. 2000

Exploratory behavior is known to be complex and dynamic, due to the instability of the environment and the rapid interactions between the organism and the world surrounding it. We present a model of spatial exploration, which is based on those interactions which creates attraction and repulsion forces. The model describes a way in which these forces are constructed (or summed) from low level elements, external (environmental) and internal (neural-physiological), that in turn determine the structure of this behavior. In addition we describe a simulation of rats open field exploratory behavior, based on the explained model.

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