Network Neuroscience offers a new way to look at our brains – where researchers organise our brain’s connections as patterns and look at how those connections interact, change and stay the same when we perform different tasks. It turns out that the flexibility of those connections can indicate how quickly we can learn or multitask – and is a top predictor of intelligence.
Thanks to Danielle Bassett, Associate Professor of Bioengineering at U Penn and MacArthur Fellow, for her help with this video.
And special thanks to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: https://www.macfound.org/
You can find another MacArthur Genius talking about her work on It’s Okay to Be Smart, Unweaving Spider Silk: https://youtu.be/QQOxB_ylkvs
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– Bassett, D. S., & Sporns, O. (2017). Network neuroscience. Nature Neuroscience, 20(3), 353-364.
– Barbey, A. K. (2017). Network neuroscience theory of human intelligence. Trends in cognitive sciences. http://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/fulltext/S1364-6613(17)30221-8
– Learning takes brain acrobatics https://www.sciencenews.org/article/brain-flexibility-learning