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New Meetup: Brainclouds: The Science of Collective Phenomenon and the Brain

From: Matthew S.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 3:38 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for SoCal Science Cafe!

What: Brainclouds: The Science of Collective Phenomenon and the Brain

When: October 10,[masked]:00 AM

Santa Monica Public Library - Montana Avenue Branch
1704 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Presented by the Initiative for Collective Neuronal Dynamics and Epilepsy (ICNDE)

How do thought, perception, and creativity emerge from the collective behavior of the astronomical number of neurons that make up the human brain? What role does collective neuronal activity play in neurological diseases?

Collective behavior describes the phenomena that occur when large numbers of individual units such as molecules, cells, or organisms interact. Here the influence of the masses elicits behavior that otherwise might not occur in the individuals. Traffic jams and angry mobs are unfortunate but familiar examples of collective behavior in humans.

In the brain, cells called neurons fire electrical spikes similar to a digital code. Individually their behavior is unreliable, but together neurons cooperate to form complex patterns of electrical activity, which we call brain clouds. We will discuss the science behind these and other organized patterns observed in nature.

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