Your brain is a network

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A note for Lesson no. 2, "Your Brain Is a Network," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 30 is:

Your brain is a network—a collection of parts that are connected to function as a single unit.

The appendix adds:

A brain network is a loose collection of neurons that constantly join in and leave as the network functions.

There is a very large scientific literature on this topic. Some of my favorite work comes from the labs of Olaf Sporns[1] and Eve Marder.[2][3]


  1. Sporns, Olaf. 2011. Networks of the Brain. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  2. Marder, Eve, and Adam L. Taylor. 2011 . “Multiple Models to Capture the Variability in Biological Neurons and Networks.” Nature Neuroscience 14 (2): 133–138.
  3. Marder, Eve and Jean-Marc Goaillard. 2006. “Variability, Compensation and Homeostasis in Neuron and Network Function.” Nature Reviews Neuroscience 7 (7): 563–574.