Large-scale cortical networks: from dynamics to cognition


Francesco Battaglia  | Donders Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Federico Stella | Donders Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


In this workshop we focus on the dynamics of global cortical networks. Such comprehensive perspective on cortical dynamics has become increasingly crucial for the understanding of brain functioning. In fact, it is now overly clear how various aspects of cognition rely on the coordinated (spontaneous and evoked) activation of many structures. The study of coherent interaction of multiple distributed networks poses novel challenges, both experimental and conceptual, which are asking for the development of innovative approaches and analysis methods.

In this series of talks we will discuss how recent advances are enabling us to understand how these functional networks form and disband, what their link to anatomical connectivity is, and how they process information. By bringing together various types of expertise and heterogeneous scientific backgrounds, we aim at presenting an overview of the state of the field and at identifying the key open questions lying ahead. In particular we will focus on bridging the gap between available experimental measures of local and distributed cortical activity and a number of theoretical frameworks offering a model to evaluate the contribution of the state of these networks to neural computations.

Schedule (CEST)

Tuesday, Sept 13


Mark Woolrich | University of Oxford, UK
Large-scale network dynamics and transient spectral events


Majid Mohajerani | University of Lethbridge, Canada
Monoaminergic modulation of hippocampal-cortical interactions


Victor Jirsa | Aix-Marseille Université, France
When causality meets inference: digital twins in neuroscience


Joana Cabral | Minho University, Portugal
Weakly-stable synchronization in brain networks as a framework for transient integrative processing


30 min break


Sacha van Albada | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Cellular-resolution simulations of macaque and human cortices: What can we learn from modeling the resting state?


Federico Stella | Donders Center, The Netherlands
Cortical networks differentially approach criticality depending on function and state