Unveiling Brain Criticality: Optimizing Neural Computations for Maximum Efficiency

Brain Criticality – Optimizing Neural Computations
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Artem is my name. I am a student and researcher in computational neuroscience. This video discusses the concept of critical points – the way the brain can optimize information processing when it hovers near a phase change.

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00:00 Introduction.
01:11 — Transitions between phases in nature
05:05 – The Ising Model
09:33 — Long-range communication and correlation length.
13:14 — Scale free properties and power laws
20:20 — Neuronal avalanches.
25:00 — The branching-model
31:05 — Optimizing the transmission of information
34:06 — Brilliant.org.
35:41 — Recap & Outro

The book: https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262544030/the-cortex-and-the-critical-point/

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