This article describes work carried out to investigate whether a classic reaction-diffusion (RD) system could be used to control a minimally cognitive animat. The RD system chosen was that first described by Gray and Scott, and the minimally cognitive behaviors were those used by Beer et al. involving the fixation and discrimination of diamond and circle shapes by a whiskered animat. A further task was added, which required the RD controllers to maintain and use a chemical memory. The parameters of these controllers were evolved using an evolutionary, or genetic, algorithm.

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