On creativity of slime mould

Andrew Adamatzky*, Rachel Armstrong, Jeff Jones, Yukio Pegio Gunji

*Corresponding author for this work

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Slime mould Physarum polycephalum is large single cell with intriguingly smart behaviour. The slime mould shows outstanding abilities to adapt its protoplasmic network to varying environmental conditions. The slime mould can solve tasks of computational geometry, image processing, logics and arithmetics when data are represented by configurations of attractants and repellents. We attempt to map behavioural patterns of slime onto the cognitive control vs. schizotypy spectrum phase space and thus interpret slime moulds activity in terms of creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-457
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of General Systems
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes


  • biological intelligence
  • creativity
  • slime mould
  • unconventional computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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