The dynamics of successive induction in larval zebrafish.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Charles Sherrington identified the properties of the synapse by purely behavioral means-the study of reflexes-more than 100 years ago. They were subsequently confirmed neurophysiologically. Studying reflex interaction, he also showed that activating one reflex often facilitates another, antagonistic one: successive induction, which has since been demonstrated in a wide range of species, from aphids to locusts to dogs and humans. We show a particularly orderly example in zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae; the behavior (locomotion) of larvae is low in dark and intermediate in light, but low in light and substantially higher in dark when dark followed light. A quantitative model of a simple dynamic process is described that readily captures the behavior pattern and the effects of a number of manipulations of lighting conditions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Staddon, JER; MacPhail, RC; Padilla, S

Published Date

  • September 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 94 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 261 - 266

PubMed ID

  • 21451752

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2929089

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-3711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-5002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1901/jeab.2010.94-261


  • eng