Tapered whiskers are required for active tactile sensation (Hires et al. 2013)

" ... The diverse shapes of facial whiskers reflect distinct ecological niches. Rodent whiskers are conical, often with a remarkably linear taper. Here we use theoretical and experimental methods to analyze interactions of mouse whiskers with objects. ... " This is a quasi-static solution of the bending of an isolated whisker. For Fig. 2, stable solution, use: theta=-0.174533 rad. Use "Bndryval -> Show" in XPPAUT.

Simulation Environment: XPPAUT

Implementer(s): Golomb, David [golomb at bgu.ac.il]


Hires SA, Pammer L, Svoboda K, Golomb D. (2013). Tapered whiskers are required for active tactile sensation. eLife. 2 [PubMed]

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