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Oscillations, metastability and phase transitions in brain and models of cognition

Werner, MD Gerhard (2006) Oscillations, metastability and phase transitions in brain and models of cognition. [Conference Paper] (In Press)

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Abstract

Neuroscience is being practiced in many different forms and at many different organizational levels of the Nervous System. Which of these levels and associated conceptual frameworks is most informative for elucidating the association of neural processes with processes of Cognition is an empirical question and subject to pragmatic validation. In this essay, I select the framework of Dynamic System Theory. Several investigators have applied in recent years tools and concepts of this theory to interpretation of observational data, and for designing neuronal models of cognitive functions. I will first trace the essentials of conceptual development and hypotheses separately for discerning observational tests and criteria for functional realism and conceptual plausibility of the alternatives they offer. I will then show that the statistical mechanics of phase transitions in brain activity, and some of its models, provides a new and possibly revealing perspective on brain events in cognition.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:oscillations, metastability, Phase space dynamics,Cognition, Coordination Dynamics, global neuronal workspace, Neuronal Group Selection
Subjects:Biology > Theoretical Biology
ID Code:4873
Deposited By:Werner, Gerhard
Deposited On:25 May 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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