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Cognitive Regime Shift I - When the Brain Breaks/The Brain and other Networks

From Complex Time

July 24, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm


Graham H. Creasey (Stanford)


The brain, whether considered as a network or a complex adaptive system, is obviously linked to other networks and complex adaptive systems, both technical and social. These links are usually mediated by inputs and outputs corresponding to sensors (visual, auditory, tactile, etc) and actuators (muscles, glands, etc) but it is also possible to create direct electrical interfaces to the nervous system. Study of these inputs and outputs gives insights into the internal function of the brain as a network.

How do the brain and other networks adapt/learn/grow in parallel or collaboratively? How can this knowledge be used to defer or prevent network failure, especially with aging?

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Post-meeting Reflection

Graham H. Creasey (Stanford) Link to the source page

Recognition of depth of knowledge in related disciplines/communities/clusters.

Recognition of how little we connect between disciplines/communities/clusters.

What disciplines/people/agents are missing from our meeting? What important elements are missing from our model of the system needed to understand/influence failure of the brain network?

How do we maintain communication between these agents/communities in between physical or virtual meetings?

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