Claire M. Postlethwaite

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Husdpeth, Magnasco, and collaborators have suggested that the auditory system works by tuning a collection of hair cells near Hopf bifurcation, but each with a different frequency. An incoming sound signal to the cochlea then resonates most strongly with one of these hair cells, which then informs the auditory neuronal system of the frequency of the(More)
Robust heteroclinic cycles between equilibria lose stability either through local bifurcations of their equilibria or through global bifurcations. This paper considers a global loss of stability termed a 'resonant' bifurcation. This bifurca-tion is usually associated with the birth or death of a nearby periodic orbit, and generically occurs in either a(More)
Recently, there has been much interest in describing the behaviour of animals by fitting various movement models to tracking data. Despite this interest, little is known about how the temporal 'grain' of movement trajectories affects the outputs of such models, and how behaviours classified at one timescale may differ from those classified at other scales.(More)
We describe an example of a structurally stable heteroclinic network for which nearby orbits exhibit irregular but sustained switching between the various sub-cycles in the network. The mechanism for switching is the presence of spiralling due to complex eigenvalues in the flow linearised about one of the equilibria common to all cycles in the network. We(More)
Animal behaviour arises through a complex mixture of biomechanical, neuronal, sensory and control constraints. By focusing on a simple, stereotyped movement, the prey capture strike of a weakly electric fish, we show that the trajectory of a strike is one which minimizes effort. Specifically, we model the fish as a rigid ellipsoid moving through a fluid(More)
All mobile animals respond to gradients in signals in their environment, such as light, sound, odours and magnetic and electric fields, but it remains controversial how they might use these signals to navigate over long distances. The Earth's surface is essentially two-dimensional, so two stimuli are needed to act as coordinates for navigation. However, no(More)
The Pyragas method of feedback control has attracted much interest as a method of stabilising unstable periodic orbits in a number of situations. We show that a time-delayed feedback control similar to the Pyragas method can be used to stabilise periodic orbits with arbitrarily large period, specifically those resulting from a resonant bifurcation of a(More)