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Editorial: Self-organization in the nervous system

Yufik, YM; Sengupta, B; Friston, K; (2017) Editorial: Self-organization in the nervous system. [Editorial comment]. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience , 11 , Article 69. 10.3389/fnsys.2017.00069. Green open access

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Abstract

“Self-organization is the spontaneous—often seemingly purposeful—formation of spatial, temporal, spatiotemporal structures, or functions in systems composed of few or many components. In physics, chemistry and biology self-organization occurs in open systems driven away from thermal equilibrium” (Haken, Scholarpedia). The contributions in this special issue aim to elucidate the role of self-organization in shaping the cognitive processes in the course of development and throughout evolution, or “from paramecia to Einstein” (Torday and Miller). The central question is: what self-organizing mechanisms in the human nervous system are common to all forms of life, and what mechanisms (if any) are unique to the human species?

Type: Article
Title: Editorial: Self-organization in the nervous system
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2017.00069
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.3389/fnsys.2017.00069
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 Yufik, Sengupta and Friston. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Keywords: self-organization, neural circuits, variational inference, bayesian inference, dynamical systems theory
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038463
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