Criticality and Chaos in Auditory and Vestibular Sensing

Justin Faber, Dolores Bozovic
Nonlinear Sciences, Chaotic Dynamics, Chaotic Dynamics (nlin.CD), Biological Physics (
2023-11-03 16:00:00
The auditory and vestibular systems exhibit remarkable sensitivity of detection, responding to deflections on the order of Angstroms, even in the presence of biological noise. Further, these complex systems exhibit high temporal acuity and frequency selectivity, allowing us to make sense of the acoustic world around us. As this acoustic environment of interest spans several orders of magnitude in both amplitude and frequency, these systems rely heavily on nonlinearities and power-law scaling. The behavior of these sensory systems has been extensively studied in the context of dynamical systems theory, with many empirical phenomena described by critical dynamics. Other phenomena have been explained by systems in the chaotic regime, where weak perturbations drastically impact the future state of the system. We first review the conceptual framework behind these two types of detectors, as well as the detection features that they can capture. We then explore the intersection of the two types of systems and propose ideal parameter regimes for auditory and vestibular systems.
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