Olaf Sporns, PhD
Networks of the Brain by Olaf Sporns is an excellent comprehensive introduction to the use of Network Theory to study both the brain and the nervous systems of invertebrates.
In Episode 74 of the Brain Science Podcast, I interviewed Dr. Sporns (Indiana University) about some of the key ideas in his book. Network Theory is becoming increasingly important as a tool for dealing with the massive amounts of data being generated by current techniques, such as brain imaging. It is also a valuable tool for dealing with the fact that nervous systems consist of multiple scales (from the molecular level up to billions of neurons), which can not be reduced to a single scale.
While Networks of the Brain will be of greatest interest to those working in neuroscience and to those with a background in fields like engineering, mathematics, and computer science, this interview provides an introduction for listeners of all backgrounds.
- Olaf Sporns, PhD (Indiana University): website, email: osporns at indiana.edu.
- Brain Connectivity Toolbox.
- Human Connectome Project.
- Networks of the Brain, by Olaf Sporns (MIT Press, 2011).
- Rhythms of the Brain, by György Buzsáki.
- Watts, DJ, Strogatz SH. "Collective Dynamics of 'small-world' networks." Nature 393: 440-442 (1998).
- Fodor, JA. The Modularity of the Mind. (1983).
- BSP 31: Interview with György Buzsáki, author of Rhythms of the Brain.
- BSP 46: Discussion of Brain Imaging, including Diffusion Imaging.
- BSP 56: Interview with Dr. Eve Marder about the use of circuit theory in neuroscience.
- BSP 61: Mapping the Brain (and generating huge amounts of data).
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