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Recent work discussing advantageous use of internal noise

Posted by mark_mcdonnell on 03 Jun 2009 at 02:13 GMT

The the following paper on the role of stochastic resonance in the evolution of daphnia foraging strategies discusses the topic of internalized noise, and provides some recent references.

"Stochastic resonance and the evolution of Daphnia foraging strategy", Nathan D Dees, Sonya Bahar and Frank Moss, Physical Biology 5:044001 (2008); doi:10.1088/1478-3975/5/4/044001

In particular, see the following article for experimental evidence that neural circuits in the olfactory system of drosophila benefit from internal randomness:

"Excitatory Local Circuits and Their Implications for Olfactory Processing in the Fly Antennal Lobe,"
Yuhua Shang, Adam Claridge-Chang, Lucas Sjulson, Marc Pypaert and Gero Miesenbo, Cell 128:601–612 (2007); DOI 10.1016/j.cell.2006.12.034

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