Brains do not drive alone but emerge behavioral functions with bodies. Dynamical systems of the brain and body construct a coupling system, and we think that their interaction is important to understand brains. Brain activities drive the body, and its resulting sensory information is fed back into the brain. Neural plasticity modifies its brain structure, causing changes of the brain activities.
We developed a large-scaled neural simulator in order to understand the interaction between the brain and body, and are investigating the effect of the brain structure on the bodily behaviors, and inversely, the effect of the body structure on the self-organization in the brain.
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