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Dynamic Coordination in the Brain: From Neurons to Mind (Strungmann Forum Reports #5)

Dynamic Coordination in the Brain: From Neurons to Mind (Strungmann Forum Reports #5)

Current price: $9.99
Publication Date: July 9th, 2010
Publisher:
MIT Press
ISBN:
9780262014717
Pages:
352
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Description

An examination of how widely distributed and specialized activities of the brain are flexibly and effectively coordinated.

A fundamental shift is occurring in neuroscience and related disciplines. In the past, researchers focused on functional specialization of the brain, discovering complex processing strategies based on convergence and divergence in slowly adapting anatomical architectures. Yet for the brain to cope with ever-changing and unpredictable circumstances, it needs strategies with richer interactive short-term dynamics. Recent research has revealed ways in which the brain effectively coordinates widely distributed and specialized activities to meet the needs of the moment. This book explores these findings, examining the functions, mechanisms, and manifestations of distributed dynamical coordination in the brain and mind across different species and levels of organization. The book identifies three basic functions of dynamic coordination: contextual disambiguation, dynamic grouping, and dynamic routing. It considers the role of dynamic coordination in temporally structured activity and explores these issues at different levels, from synaptic and local circuit mechanisms to macroscopic system dynamics, emphasizing their importance for cognition, behavior, and psychopathology.

Contributors
Evan Balaban, Gy rgy Buzs ki, Nicola S. Clayton, Maurizio Corbetta, Robert Desimone, Kamran Diba, Shimon Edelman, Andreas K. Engel, Yves Fregnac, Pascal Fries, Karl Friston, Ann Graybiel, Sten Grillner, Uri Grodzinski, John-Dylan Haynes, Laurent Itti, Erich D. Jarvis, Jon H. Kaas, J.A. Scott Kelso, Peter K nig, Nancy J. Kopell, Ilona Kov cs, Andreas Kreiter, Anders Lansner, Gilles Laurent, J rg L cke, Mikael Lundqvist, Angus MacDonald, Kevan Martin, Mayank Mehta, Lucia Melloni, Earl K. Miller, Bita Moghaddam, Hannah Monyer, Edvard I. Moser, May-Britt Moser, Danko Nikolic, William A. Phillips, Gordon Pipa, Constantin Rothkopf, Terrence J. Sejnowski, Steven M. Silverstein, Wolf Singer, Catherine Tallon-Baudry, Roger D. Traub, Jochen Triesch, Peter Uhlhaas, Christoph von der Malsburg, Thomas Weisswange, Miles Whittington, Matthew Wilson

About the Author

Wolf Singer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and Founding Director of both the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and the Ernst Strungmann Institute for Brain Research.