Hub structure

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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 36‌ is:

You can thank natural selection for this lean and potent hub structure.

A discussion of the human brain's hub structure can be found in van den Heuvel and Sporns,[1] and for the development of this structure, see Turk et al.[2] A discussion of the evolution the brain's hub structure can be found in Griffa and van den Heuvel.[3] The hub structure of your brain contributes to its complexity.[4]


  1. Van den Heuvel, Martijn P., and Olaf Sporns. 2013. "An Anatomical Substrate for Integration Among Functional Networks in Human Cortex." Journal of Neuroscience 33 (36): 14489–14500.
  2. Turk, Elise, Marion I. van den Heuvel, Manon J. Benders, Roel de Heus, Arie Franx, Janessa H. Manning, Jasmine L. Hect et al. 2019. "Functional Connectome of the Fetal Brain." Journal of Neuroscience 39 (49): 9716–9724.
  3. Griffa, Alessandra, and Martijn P. Van den Heuvel. 2018. "Rich-Club Neurocircuitry: Function, Evolution, and Vulnerability." Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 20 (2): 121–132.
  4. Zamora-López, Gorka, Yuhan Chen, Gustavo Deco, Morten L. Kringelbach, and Changsong Zhou. 2016. “Functional Complexity Emerging from Anatomical Constraints in the Brain: The Significance of Network Modularity and Rich-Clubs.” Scientific Reports 6: 38424.