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EPSRC Reference: EP/W024020/1
Title: Statistical physics of cognition
Principal Investigator: Schultz, Professor SR
Other Investigators:
Foust, Dr A J Barahona, Professor M Jensen, Professor H
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Department: Bioengineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2022 Ends: 31 March 2025 Value (£): 2,165,717
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biophysics Non-linear Systems Mathematics
Statistics & Appl. Probability
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
14 Dec 2021 Building Collaboration at the Physics of Life Interface Call 2 Full proposals December 2021 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This project asks how the statistical mechanics of critical processes such as avalanches underpin mammalian cognition. This is important because self-organising criticality has been proposed as a general explanation of the architecture and operating point of brain circuitry, however until now it has not been possible to relate it to cognitive function itself. We bring an inter-disciplinary approach to bear upon this problem, simulating neuronal mechanisms at scales from sub-cellular to brain-wide, and employing a new mesoscopic neuroimaging technology to detect avalanches and measure distance to criticality in very large (~10,000) populations of neurons during a cognitive task. This will bring new insight into system-wide brain function during health and disease states.
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