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By Jürgen Aschoff (auth.), Jürgen Aschoff (eds.)

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Interest in organic rhythms has been traced again greater than 2,500]ears to Archilochus, the Greek poet, who in a single of his fragments indicates ",,(i,,(VWO'KE o'olos pv{}J.tos txv{}pW7rOVS ~XH" (recognize what rhythm governs guy) (Aschoff, 1974). Reference is additionally made to the French scholar of medication J. J. Virey who, in his thesis of 1814, used for the 1st time the expression "horloge vivante" (living clock) to explain day-by-day rhythms and to D. C. W. Hufeland (1779) who known as the 24-hour interval the unit of our normal chronology. even if, it was once now not until eventually the Nineteen Thirties that genuine development used to be made within the research of organic rhythms; and Erwin Bunning used to be inspired to put up the 1st, and nonetheless now not superseded, monograph within the box in 1958. years later, in the midst of intriguing discoveries, we took a breather on the chilly Spring Harbor Symposium on organic Clocks. Its survey on principles thought of legitimate at the moment, and Pittendrigh's awaiting view at the temporal association of residing platforms, made it a milestone on our means from a extra formalistic description of organic rhythms to the knowledge in their structural and physiological basis.

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In a noisy record, however, these difference values may have an extremely large variance. Periodogram analysis, which is described in a subsequent section, involves another method of estimating typical peak-to-trough differences, also based on arithmetic averaging, which will have a somewhat smaller variance. The cosinor analysis, described above, also directly provides an estimate of amplitude, based on the best-fitting cosine function. , R of Winfree, 1970; and CQ of Halberg, 1964). In an indirect way, these are also indices of the amplitude of a rhythm, the period of which is known.

In a noisy record, however, these difference values may have an extremely large variance. Periodogram analysis, which is described in a subsequent section, involves another method of estimating typical peak-to-trough differences, also based on arithmetic averaging, which will have a somewhat smaller variance. The cosinor analysis, described above, also directly provides an estimate of amplitude, based on the best-fitting cosine function. , R of Winfree, 1970; and CQ of Halberg, 1964). In an indirect way, these are also indices of the amplitude of a rhythm, the period of which is known.

See text for detailed interpretation. Would not the clear demonstration, over even a few cycles, of an apparently stable, non24-hr period in the biological rhythm represent sufficient evidence for sustained freerun? Such evidence is highly suggestive, but a complete 24-hr scan by the rhythm is required in order to be fully rigorous. Otherwise, it is conceivable that the observed rhythm is subject to some unintended daily environmental cycle, such as laboratory noise or the like, to which it would eventually entrain, with a 24-hr period, and that the several cycles of apparent freerun represent only a gradual phase shift, during the transition before the stable phase relationship with the zeitgeber has been achieved (cf.

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