A spiking neuron model for synchronous flashing of fireflies

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Certain species of fireflies show a group behavior of synchronous flashing. Their synchronized and rhythmic flashing has received much attention among many researchers, and there has been a study of biological models for their entrainment of flashing. The synchronous behavior of fireflies resembles the firing synchrony of integrate-and-fire neurons with excitatory or inhibitory connections. This paper shows an analysis of spiking neurons specialized for a firefly flashing model, and provides simulation results of multiple neurons with various transmission delays and coupling strengths. It also explains flashing patterns of some firefly species and examines the synchrony conditions depending on transmission delays and coupling strengths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-20
Number of pages14
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Aug

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author would like to thank Heiko Hoffmann for proof-reading and comments on the manuscript. This work is supported by EU-project AMOUSE.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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