Seminar Series

Spontaneous Brain Activity - Spook or Spirit?

Preparation for CCNi Debate 2015: Spontaneous activity is ubiquitous in the brain but remains poorly understood. Recent work suggests that spontaneous activity is highly structured and can predictably influence sensory and cognitive performance. This debate will focus on the origin, structure and functional interpretation of spontaneous brain activity and its importance to brain function. - how can we differentiate spontaneous from other brain activity? - does spontaneous activity relate to anatomical networks? - to what degree does spontaneous activity reflect sensory or cognitive processes?