Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Biorobotic models can contribute to neurobiology


Fred Delcomyn a1
a1 Department of Entomology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801 delcomyn@life.uiuc.edu http://www.life.uiuc.edu/delcomyn

Abstract

The idea that biorobots can be used as a testbed for the evaluation of hypotheses about how an animal functions is supported. Generation of realistic feedback is a major advantage of biorobotic models. Nevertheless, skeptics can only be convinced that this approach is valid if significant biological insights are generated from its application.