Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization -- Department for Nonlinear Dynamics and Network Dynamics Group
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BCCN Kolloquium

Thursday, 22.06.2006 17 c.t.

Understanding the Functional Self-organization in the Brain

by Professor Seunghwan Kim
from Pohang University of Sience & Technology (POSTECH), Pohang Korea

Contact person: Fred Wolf


Seminarraum Haus 2, 4. Stock (Bunsenstr.)


The brain is considered to be one of the most complex living systems in the universe. The brain provided a fertile ground for understanding the complexity of its functions through dynamical modeling and nonlinear dynamics. In this talk, we present some biophysical models that help to reveal the complexity of visual functions of the brain through functional self-organization processes. In particular, the complexity in orientation tuning and map formation in the visual cortex are understood in terms of synchronization and relaxation dynamics of nonlinear networks of neuronal columns with lateral connections. Related works of our group on development of small-world functional networks, synchronization of orientation tuning are presented and the implications of our work to the brain function are discussed.

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