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Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems, Zaragoza,Spain
 
Date: May 19, 2011

What: Mind the gap: three challenges for psycholinguistics, neuroscience and complex systems


What: Mind the gap: three challenges for psycholinguistics, neuroscience and complex systems

When: Thursday, May 19th, 5:00pm

Who: Javier Borge-Holthoefer. Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) University of Zaragoza, Spain

Where: BCBL, Paseo Mikeletegi 69, Floor 2.

Summary:

‘The recent burst and success of network modeling is not limited to the traditional niches of this framework. Our current capabilities to collect and process large amounts of data have evidenced that interactions in many natural, social and manmade systems are accurately described by complex networks. Moreover, most of the systems for which network approaches are ideally suited are also dynamically complex, where the emergent collective (macroscopic) behavior is often determined by the underlying topology. This framework has already penetrated psycholinguistics and neuroscience. Regarding the former, phenomena related to semantic storage and mechanisms operating on it such as language growth and child language development, category formation or verbal fluency can be analyzed from a network perspective. As for neuroscience, modern network thinking has also provided advances in the understanding of brain anatomical and functional connectivity. However, these efforts are mostly developed independently. In this talk, I propose to take a step further to better understand the intrinsic relationship between the brain and the mind. This implies coupling neuroscientific studies with the mental/behavioral phenomena, taking complexity science as the common framework where these two levels of cognition meet.’