Networks of the Brain

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MIT Press, Oct 1, 2010 - Medical - 424 pages
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Over the last decade, the study of complex networks has expanded across diverse scientific fields. Increasingly, science is concerned with the structure, behavior, and evolution of complex systems ranging from cells to ecosystems. In Networks of the Brain, Olaf Sporns describes how the integrative nature of brain function can be illuminated from a complex network perspective. Highlighting the many emerging points of contact between neuroscience and network science, the book serves to introduce network theory to neuroscientists and neuroscience to those working on theoretical network models. Sporns emphasizes how networks connect levels of organization in the brain and how they link structure to function, offering an informal and nonmathematical treatment of the subject. Networks of the Brain provides a synthesis of the sciences of complex networks and the brain that will be an essential foundation for future research.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Network Measures and Architectures
5
3 Brain Networks
31
4 A Network Perspective on Neuroanatomy
51
5 Mapping Cells Circuits and Systems
75
6 The Brains Small World
101
7 Economy Efficiency and Evolution
127
8 Dynamic Patterns in Spontaneous Neural Activity
149
11 Network Growth and Development
233
12 Dynamics
255
13 Neural Complexity
277
14 Brain and Body
305
Network Glossary
327
Notes
331
References
347
Index
389

9 Networks for Cognition
179
10 Brain Network Disease
207
Color Plates
413
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