Neural communication must balance speed against cost

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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 33‌ is:

Communication in your brain is a balancing act between speed and cost.

An informative reference on this topic is Sterling & Laughlin.[1]


  1. Sterling, Peter and Simon Laughlin. 2015. Principles of Neural Design. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.