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Dynamic Coordination in the BrainFrom Neurons to Mind$
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Christoph von der Malsburg, William A. Phillips, and Wolf Singer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014717

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014717.001.0001

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Evolution of Dynamic Coordination

Evolution of Dynamic Coordination

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(p.59) 5 Evolution of Dynamic Coordination
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Dynamic Coordination in the Brain
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Evan Balaban

Shimon Edelman

Sten Grillner

Uri Grodzinski

Erich D. Jarvis

Jon H. Kaas

Gilles Laurent

Gordon Pipa

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014717.003.0005

Comparative biology can offer important insights into the evolution of dynamic coordination in the brain. This chapter explores the neural machinery and computations shared by all nervous systems across the animal kingdom, taking into account the fact the complex relationships in coordination between nervous systems and the behavior they produce. It discusses the comparative approaches used to probe brain structure and function, and examines whether there are any fundamental “phase transitions” occurring across groups of organisms in the basic components that build neural circuits and in the kind of computations that these can perform. It also considers the fundamental unity of the functional aspects of neurons, neural circuits, and neural computations in animals such as mammals and birds. Finally, it explains how brain similarities and differences can be used to elucidate complex brain-behavior relationships.

Keywords:   comparative biology, evolution, dynamic coordination, brain, neural machinery, neural computations, nervous systems, behavior, neural circuits, neurons

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