Research in the Center addresses fundamental questions in neuroscience from the perspective of complex systems. It deals with questions about how genes work together in networks to form and shape a neuron; about how neurons interact to form complex, emergent, patterns of activity; about how normal brain function is lost when the brain degenerates; about how our cognition is both shaped by and shapes our neural pathways; about how neurons and neuronal circuits support learning and memory; about how visual perception emerges from sensory inputs; about how we control cognition and behavior; and about how coordinated neural activity in brain networks allows us to perform various activities, and to perceive, attend to, and think about the world around us. Research in the Center uses a variety of different approaches, including, but not limited to, those from robotics and machine perception, gene therapy, noninvasive human neuroimaging, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, time series analysis, network theory, and nonlinear dynamics.
Latest News: The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences in proud to announce that our recent Doctoral graduate -- Dr Jigar Modi (MD, PhD) -- has been awarded a $100,000 Florida Department of Health postdoctoral fellowship grant entitled "Neuroprotection of Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) Gene Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease". This grant will help support his ongoing research. More information here!
Dr Summer Sheremata has a new research article published in the Journal of Neuroscience: Sheremata, S. L., Somers, D. C., & Shomstein, S. (2018). Visual Short-Term Memory Activity in Parietal Lobe Reflects Cognitive Processes beyond Attentional Selection. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 1511–1519.
PhD student Mengsen Zhang has lead authored a research article to be published in the Public Library of Science: Zhang, M., Kelso, J.A.S, Tognoli, E., (in press). Critical diversity:
divided or united states of social coordination. PLoS One.
Dr Scott Kelso, Founding Center Director, and FAU Eminent Scholar has a new book in press. Learning to live together: Promoting social harmony. Springer, Heidelberg (this book contains papers by 3 Nobel Laureates). Dr Kelso has also been elected as a member of the Global Future Council of Neurotechnologies and Brain Science for the World Economic Forum, been elected President of the International S.T.E.P.S. (Science, Technology, Economics, & Politics for Society) & Chairman of the Olympiads of the Mind, and been honored with membership in the prestigious Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities. Click here!
Tim West, Visiting Graduate Student
Parkinson's Disease and the dopamine dependent (dys)regulation of cordial-basal ganglia synchronization.
January 12th, 3pm. BS-12, Room 303.
Steven L. Bressler, Ph.D, Interim Director and Professor
The Complex Systems Doctorate is one of three options through the FAU Brain Institute. Click on the above link to learn more about the FAU Brain Institute.