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Lévy flights in human behavior and cognition

Baronchelli, A. and Radicchi, F (2013). Lévy flights in human behavior and cognition. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 56, pp. 101-105. doi: 10.1016/j.chaos.2013.07.013


Lévy flights represent the best strategy to randomly search for a target in an unknown environment, and have been widely observed in many animal species. Here, we inspect and discuss recent results concerning human behavior and cognition. Different studies have shown that human mobility can be described in terms of Lévy flights, while fresh evidence indicates that the same pattern accounts for human mental searches in online gambling sites. Thus, Lévy flights emerge as a unifying concept with broad cross-disciplinary implications. We argue that the ubiquity of such a pattern, both in behavior and cognition, suggests that the brain regions responsible for this behavior are likely to be evolutionarily old (i.e. no frontal cortex is involved), and that fMRI techniques might help to confirm this hypothesis.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Mathematics
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