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Animal navigation: the difficulty of moving in a straight line

Cheung, Allen; Zhang, Shao Wu; Stricker, Christian; Srinivasan, Mandyam V


In principle, there are two strategies for navigating a straight course. One is to use an external directional reference and continually reorienting with reference to it, while the other is to infer body rotations from internal sensory information only. We show here that, while the first strategy will enable an animal or mobile agent to move arbitrarily far away from its starting point, the second strategy will not do so, even after an infinite number of steps. Thus, an external directional...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Cybernetics
DOI: 10.1007/s00422-007-0158-0


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