Social structures and communications in the world of microorganisms



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.

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

Journal rubric: Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology

Article type: scientific article


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

For citation: Grechenko T.N., Kharitonov A.N., Zhegallo A.V. Social structures and communications in the world of microorganisms. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2019. Vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 106–119. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2019120409. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tatyala N. Grechenko, Doctor of Psychology, Leading Research, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexandr N. Kharitonov, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific and Educational Center for Biopsychological Research, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis (NOCHU VO “Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis”); Leading Researcher at the Center for Experimental Psychology, Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University (FSBEI HE MGPPU), Deputy editor-in-chief of the scientific journal "Experimental Psychology", Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexander V. Zhegallo, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Systems Research of the Psyche, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Researcher at the Center for Experimental Psychology of MSUPE, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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