Principles of Brain Dynamics

Global State Interactions

The consideration of time or dynamics is fundamental for all aspects of mental activity—perception, cognition, and emotion—because the main feature of brain activity is the continuous change of the underlying brain states even in a constant environment. The application of nonlinear dynamics to the study of brain activity began to flourish in the 1990s when combined with empirical observations from modern morphological and physiological observations. This book offers perspectives on brain dynamics that draw on the latest advances in research in the field. It includes contributions from both theoreticians and experimentalists, offering an eclectic treatment of fundamental issues.

Topics addressed range from experimental and computational approaches to transient brain dynamics to the free-energy principle as a global brain theory. The book concludes with a short but rigorous guide to modern nonlinear dynamics and their application to neural dynamics.

Table of Contents

  1. Series Foreword
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. The Dynamical and Structural Basis of Brain Activity

    Gustavo Deco, Viktor Jirsa, and Karl J. Friston

  4. 2. Functional Connectivity, Neurocognitive Networks, and Brain Dynamics

    Vinod Menon

  5. 3. Decoding Mental States from Patterns of Brain Activity

    John-Dylan Haynes

  6. 4. Transient Brain Dynamics

    Mikhail I. Rabinovich and Pablo Varona

  7. 5. A Dynamic Field Account of Language-Related Brain Potentials

    Peter beim Graben and Roland Potthast

  8. 6. Recognition of Sequences of Sequences Using Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

    Stefan J. Kiebel and Karl J. Friston

  9. 7. The Stability of Information Flows in the Brain

    Mikhail I. Rabinovich, Christian Bick, and Pablo Varona

  10. 8. Multiscale Electroencephalographic Dynamics and Brain Function

    Maxim Bazhenov and Scott Makeig

  11. 9. Mapping the Multiscale Information Content of Complex Brain Signals

    Vasily A. Vakorin and Anthony R. McIntosh

  12. 10. Connectivity and Dynamics of Neural Information Processing

    Viktor Jirsa, Raoul Huys, Ajay Pillai, Dionysios Perdikis, and Marmaduke Woodman

  13. 11. Transient Motor Behavior and Synchronization in the Cortex

    Andreas Daffertshofer and Bernadette C. M. van Wijk

  14. 12. Free Energy and Global Dynamics

    Karl J. Friston

  15. 13. Perception, Action, and Utility: The Tangled Skein

    Samuel J. Gershman and Nathaniel D. Daw

  16. 14. Short Guide to Modern Nonlinear Dynamics

    Valentin S. Afraimovich, Mikhail I. Rabinovich, and Pablo Varona

  17. Contributors
  18. Index