The electrical coupling of two simple oscillators: load and acceleration effects

Biol Cybern. 1992;67(2):155-64. doi: 10.1007/BF00201022.


We consider two electrically coupled oscillators described by modified Fitzhugh-Nagumo equations. We study the relative influence of the individual cellular characteristics and the electrical coupling on the behavior of the coupled system. We show that, for similar oscillators, the load effect of the slow oscillator increases with the coupling strength. We prove that an asymmetry between the uncoupled bursters can accelerate the system with respect to the free cells, this effect depending on the characteristics of the coupling.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Clocks / physiology*
  • Invertebrates
  • Mathematics
  • Models, Neurological
  • Nerve Net / physiology*
  • Synapses / physiology
  • Synaptic Transmission / physiology