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  1. Claude Manté, David Nerini & Jacques Viret (forthcoming). Editorial: Characterization and Analysis of Heterogeneity in Biological Systems. Acta Biotheoretica.
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  2. Jacques Viret (forthcoming). Topological Approach of Jungian Psychology. Acta Biotheoretica.
    In this work, we compare two global approaches which are usually considered as completely unconnected one with the other. The former is Thom’s topology and the latter is Jung’s psychology. More precisely, it seemed to us interesting to adapt some morphologies of Thom’s catastrophe theory to some Jung’s notions. Thus, we showed that the swallowtail, which is one of these morphologies, was able to describe geometrically the structural organisation of the psyche according to Jung, with its collective unconscious, personal unconscious (...)
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  3. Jacques Viret (2005). Generalised Biological Function. Acta Biotheoretica 53 (4).
    A physiological function can be described as a cycle based on a cusp bifurcation set in catastrophe theory. This cycle involves four phases that are successively developed along a functional potential, which is used to perform a given physiological act. The work we present is firstly based on a detailed study of the global function of vision, which covers a vast field extending from the molecular to cerebral scale. We then present other examples of generalised functions by expanding the frame (...)
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  4. Isabelle Sendowski & Jacques Viret (2004). The Survival Attractor in the Sensory Functions: The Example of Hearing. Acta Biotheoretica 52 (4).
    High noise levels may have an adverse effect on the normal cochlea function and lead to significant hearing loss. Clinically, exposure to high intensity impulse noise produces a wide range of audiometric effects which may result in long term or even irreversible symptoms. Nevertheless, there is sometimes a spontaneous rebound recovery of the auditory function. This phenomenon was previously studied in the vision, another sensory function. It was called the visual survival attractor.In view of the importance that the sensory organs (...)
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  5. Pierre Baconnier & Jacques Viret (1999). Preface. Acta Biotheoretica 47 (3-4).
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  6. Jacques Viret (1994). Reaction of the Organism to Stress: The Survival Attractor Concept. Acta Biotheoretica 42 (2-3).
    This paper outlines a phenomenological approach for describing physiological reactions occurring immediately after vital threats. This exemplified by data taken from previous studies relative to chemical intoxications of rats by a neurotoxical drug. The survival rate of the animals and the variations of their cerebral acetylcholinesterese activity are both reported as a function of the drug concentration, and with respect to their age. The collecting of the results may be described as the cusp, a bifurcation set of Thom's Catastrophe Theory.The (...)
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  7. Jacques Viret (1992). Theorie Des Catastrophes Et Fonction Physiologique Membranaire. Acta Biotheoretica 40 (2-3).
    This comunication is based on a preliminary work which emphasized a topological model of biomembranes from Thom's Catastrophe Theory. In this model called swallowtail bifurcation set, the structural state of a biomembrane was within the control of two structural attractors. Then, the physiological act of this biomembrane resulted in a sudden transfer of weight from the hydrophilic attractor to the hydrophobic attractor.In this consecutive work, the physiological act appears to be one of the four stages which permit to describe the (...)
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