The animals’ adaptive behavior depends on their brain’s ability to sustain a large repertoire of spatio-temporal activity patterns. A fundamental problem in neuroscience is to understand the mechanisms by which brains can produce in a robust and flexible manner a huge range of neuronal dynamical configurations. A plausible solution, coming from statistical physics, invokes the emergence of complex phenomena exhibited universally by dynamical systems poised near a critical point of a second-order phase transition. In the last decade, work on this so called “brain criticality hypothesis” attracted attention across disciplines.
The aim of the workshop is to provide a discussion forum for the perspective of the field: Where do we stand, which are open issues, and where to go from here. The emphasis will not be on technical presentation, but on a controversial assessment of the field. The workshop would be connected to the “Focus on Criticality and Complexity in Brain Dynamics”, edited by the workshop organizers.