New model of human brain ‘conversations’ could inform research on brain disease, cognition

A team of Indiana University neuroscientists has built a new model of human brain networks that sheds light on how the brain functions.

The model offers a new tool for exploring individual differences in brain networks, which is critical to classifications of brain disorders and disease, as well as for understanding human behavior and cognitive abilities. The model highlights different brain structures — cells, groups of cells or specific regions — and the ongoing, overlapping series of “conversations” between those structures, which are tracked on a more precise time scale than has been previously afforded by other approaches.