[Comp-neuro] Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience - Research Topic on: Criticality as a signature of healthy neural systems: multi-scale experimental and computational studies

Paolo Massobrio paolo.massobrio at unige.it
Mon Apr 29 10:27:40 CEST 2013

Dear collegues,


we are glad to invite you to submit research papers as well as reviews to
the Research Topic: "Criticality as a signature of healthy neural systems:
multi-scale experimental and computational studies"

published on Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. More information can be
found on the following link:


The main objective of this Research Topic is to investigate the
emergence/disruption of the emergent critical-like states in
healthy/impaired neural systems and to link these phenomena to the
underlying cellular and network features, with specific attention to
structural connectivity. In particular, we would like this Research Topic to
collect contributions coming from the study of neural systems at different
levels of architectural complexity (from in vitro neuronal ensembles up to
the human brain imaged by fMRI).

Here are some of the questions which we would like to be investigated within
this Research Topic:

i)                    Does loss of scale invariance lead to brain disorders?

ii)                   How is scale free behavior related to network

iii)                 How the scale free behavior observed in the network
activity recorded in small neuronal populations relate to the emergence of
absence of a characteristic scale at higher levels?

iv)                 How criticality in spontaneous activity affects evoked

v)                  How close is the brain to be in a critical state? 

vi)                 How can lack of scale be reconciled with the many
studies that identify specific characteristic regions and structures being
involved in specific tasks? 


We welcome researchers to contribute original research, review and
methodological articles related to the aforementioned topics. Research
articles which combine theoretical and experimental work are especially

Deadline for manuscript submission

Deadline for abstract submission: 01 June 2013

Deadline for full article submission: 01 Dec 2013

Topic editors

Paolo Massobrio, University of Genova, ITALY

Lucilla de Arcangelis, Second University of Napoli, ITALY

Valentina Pasquale, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova,

Henrik Jeldtoft Jensen, Imperial College, UK

z&UID=8471> Dietmar Plenz, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, USA


Thanks in advance for your interest!



Paolo Massobrio, PhD
Neuroengineering and Bio-Nano Technology - NBT - Lab
Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering -
University of Genova
Via Opera Pia 11A, 16145, GENOVA, ITALY
Phone: +39-010-3532761
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