Brain complexity born out of criticality
- Conference date: 17–21 September 2012
- Location: La Herradura, Spain
In this essay we elaborate on recent evidence demonstrating the presence of a second order phase transition in human brain dynamics and discuss its consequences for theoretical approaches to brain function. We review early evidence of criticality in brain dynamics at different spatial and temporal scales, and we stress how it was necessary to unify concepts and analysis techniques across scales to introduce the adequate order and control parameters which define the transition. A discussion on the relation between structural vs. dynamical complexity exposes future steps to understand the dynamics of the connectome (structure) from which emerges the cognitome (function).
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