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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

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Social structures and communications in the world of microorganisms 176


Grechenko T.N.
Doctor of Psychology, Leading Research, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Kharitonov V.N.
Post Graduate Student, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Zhegallo A.V.
PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Moscow State University of Pedagogy and Education, Moscow, Russia

Social life is based on the interaction of community members. The object of our study was microorganisms at different stages of community morphogenesis and in the process of restoring the integrity of social structures. The electrical activity indices of individual cells and groups making up these structures were recorded. In our experiments on the cyanobacteria Oscillatoria terebriformis, myxomycetes Lycogala epidendrum, and yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we obtained electrographic characteristics of the states and event dynamics of social structures, which indicate synchronization processes in solving a common problem in each of the studied communities.

Keywords: social life, microorganisms, electrical oscillations, competition, cooperation, division of labor

Column: Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology


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The study was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science, assn. nos. 0159-2019-0001 and 0159-2019-0009.

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