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Observed Brain Dynamics$
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Partha Mitra and Hemant Bokil

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178081

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178081.001.0001

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Why Study Brain Dynamics?

Why Study Brain Dynamics?

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Why Study Brain Dynamics?
Source:
Observed Brain Dynamics
Author(s):

nityam anityam

Partha P. Mitra

Hemant Bokil

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178081.003.0001

This chapter addresses a number of general questions regarding the dynamics of the nervous system. The first question is concerned with why we are interested in dynamics at all: in this context, the chapter examines active and passive views of the brain. The chapter also considers some basic questions regarding the quantification of nervous system dynamics, including the importance of shared metrics. Finally, it considers some basic questions relating to the arrow of time in physics and in biology.

Keywords:   nervous system, Newtonian dynamics, quantification, arrow of time, entropy, random motion

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