Quadruped Gait Transitions from a Neural Pattern Generator with Arousal Modulated Interactions
Cohen, Michael A.
Pribe, Christopher A.
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A four-channel neural pattern generator is described in which both the frequency and the relative phase of oscillations are controlled by a scalar arousal or GO signal. The generator is used to simulate quadruped gaits; in particular, rapid transitions are simulated in the order - walk, trot, pace, and gallop - that occurs in the cat. Precise switching control is achieved by using an arousal dependent modulation of the model's inhibitory interactions. This modulation generates a different functional connectivity in a single network at different arousal levels.