Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is dedicated to understanding the principles and mechanisms that underlie complex behavior. The center is a state of the art, multi-disciplinary research and academic unit in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. From the microscopic level of cells and organelles to the grand scale of human interaction, our mission is to bring together multiple disciplines and backgrounds such as theoretical physics, complexity science, cognitive psychology, laboratory biology, applied mathematics and philosophy to tackle the most profound questions of brain, the mind, consciousness, and behavior.   


News and Announcements

Sleep Research Earns FAU Scientist "Alzheimer's Association" Award

c-varela-award FAU Department of Psychology and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences Assistant Professor, Carmen Varela, Ph.D., recently received the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity” award to investigate the relationship between sleep patterns and one’s overall brain health. Read more.

 

 

 

Socializing ‘Sweet Spot’: Prescription for Healthy Older Brains is Improving Social Engagement

tognoli division of research Congratulations to Emmanuelle Tognoli, Ph.D, a research professor in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, who with collaborators Christopher Beetle, Ph.D., associate professor of physics and Christine Williams, Ph.D., professor emeritus of nursing, were awarded a $675,000 grant from the NIH-NIA entitled “The Mathematics of Relatedness.”  The research will design experiences, or mathematical models, that give older adults a chance to form meaningful social interactions while aiding for age-related impairments. Read more.




Darwin Romulus Defends Doctoral Dissertation

darwin romulusCongratulations to Darwin Romulus who graduated with a Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Science at the Summer Commencement Ceremonies in August, 2021. Darwin’s dissertation was completed under the guidance of Drs. Sang Hong and Howard Hock and entitled “The Assessment of the Role of Microsaccadic Eye Movements in Bistable Motion Perception.” Darwin’s dissertation committee also included William Hahn, Ph.D.. Following graduation, Darwin will move to Seattle where he will start a job with Microsoft.




Kenton MacDowell Defends Doctoral Dissertation

kenton macdowell

Congratulations to Kenton McDowell who graduated with a Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Science at the Summer Commencement Ceremonies in August, 2021. Kenton’s dissertation was completed under the guidance of Summer Sheremata, Ph.D., and entitled “Functional Brain Connectivity Associated with Repetitive Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Kenton’s dissertation committee included Ali Danesh, Ph.D., (FAU College of Education) and Mark Halko, Ph.D., (Harvard University). Following graduation Kenton will attend law school at the University of Miami.




James Sullivan Earns Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

james sullivan complex systems Ph.D.Congratulations to James Sullivan who graduated with a Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at the Spring Commencement Ceremonies in May 2021. James’ dissertation was completed under the guidance of Howard Prentice, Ph.D., (co-Chair), Wen Shen, Ph.D., (co-Chair) and Janet C. Blanks, Ph.D., and entitled “A Cell Biological and Electrophysiological Study of Mouse Retina.” James’ dissertation committee included, Howard Prentice, Ph.D., Wen Shen, Ph.D., Robert P. Vertes, Ph.D., Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D., and external member Janet Blanks, Ph.D..  James is currently performing postdoctoral research with Robert Vertes, Ph.D., at the center. 





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Research in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences addresses fundamental questions in neuroscience from the perspective of complex systems. Learn more about us.