Towards a Mathematical Model of the Brain


This article presents an idealized mathematical model of the cerebral cortex, focusing on the dynamical interaction of neurons. The author proposes a network architecture more consistent with neuroanatomy than in previous studies, borrows ideas from nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and calls attention to the fact that the brain is a large and complex dynamical system. The ideas proposed are illustrated with a realistic model of the visual cortex.

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Young, LS. Towards a Mathematical Model of the Brain. J Stat Phys 180, 612–629 (2020).

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  • Cortical dynamics
  • Neuronal interaction
  • Nonequilibrium steady states
  • Visual cortex