Accession Number : ADA187245

Title :   Center for Nonlinear Dynamics of the Brain.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 31 Jul 86-30 Sep 87,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY DEPT OF PHYSIOLOGY-ANATOMY

Personal Author(s) : Freeman, Walter

PDF Url : ADA187245

Report Date : 30 Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The Center for Nonlinear Dynamics of the Brain (CNDB) studies nonlinear dynamics of large masses of nerve cells in animal and human brains as the basis for explaining the self-organization of goal-directed cognitive behaviors. We believe that this approach to the study of mass neural action will be a basic method of the neurophysiology of the twenty-first century. Our research has application to clinical neurology and psychiatry, to the measurement and enhancement of human mental capabilities and to the design of self-organizing, pattern recognition computer systems. By extending techniques and models derived from the paleocortex to animal and human neocortex, deeper understanding of the neural basis of goal-directed higher brain functions will emerge. The practical consequences of this enhanced knowledge will be better diagnosis of neurologic and psychiatric diseases. It also will result in the ability to predict decrements in higher brain functions consequent to illness, fatigue or drugs. The new models for globally parallel, self-organizing systems which result from this research also will be directly relevant to the design of VLSI architectures for pattern recognition. Keywords: Mathematical modeling; Anatomical modeling.

Descriptors :   *BRAIN, *NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, *ANATOMICAL MODELS, *COGNITION, ANATOMY, MODELS, HUMANS, MENTAL ABILITY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, DYNAMICS, NONLINEAR SYSTEMS, CLINICAL MEDICINE, DRUGS, MASS, NERVOUS SYSTEM, NERVE CELLS, PATTERN RECOGNITION, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, BRAIN DAMAGE, DIAGNOSIS(MEDICINE), ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, MENTAL DISORDERS, PSYCHIATRY, DISEASES

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Cybernetics

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