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10th Jülich Lecture: "Neuronal dynamics in the cerebral cortex"

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolf Singer is Director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and Founding Director both of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society.

In this lecture, which was recorded in October 2015, Prof. Wolf Singer speaks about recent discoveries on the organisation of the cortical connectome, together with novel data on the dynamics of neuronal interactions, which require an extension of classical concepts on information processing in the cerebral cortex.

These new insights justify considering the brain as a complex, self-organised system with nonlinear dynamics in which principles of distributed, parallel processing coexist with serial operations within highly interconnected networks.

The observed dynamics suggest that cortical networks are capable of providing an extremely high-dimensional state space in which a large amount of evolutionary and ontogenetically acquired information can coexist and be accessible to rapid parallel search.