Studies of large-scale brain networks – savior or hype?

The Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi) hosted its annual debate on Thursday 28th November 2013 at 2pm in the Senate Room, University of Glasgow.  The debate featured four international experts on functional imaging, neuroanatomy and brain network dynamics debating the topic "Studies of large-scale brain networks – savior or hype". 


Professor Kevan Martin (ETH Zurich)
Professor Ed Bullmore (University of Cambridge)
Professor Andreas Engel (Univ. Medical Center Hamburg)
Professor Kenneth Harris (Univ. College London)

Cognitive Neuroscience has seen a growing interest in large-scale networks derived from brain imaging. These networks raise many speculations and hopes for understanding brain (dys-) function. Yet, the brain’s incredibly complex micro-anatomy poses a challenge for any network description. Furthermore dynamical aspects of brain activity may offer alternative views on brain organization.  What actually constitutes a meaningful network?  Is it necessary to include fine temporal dynamics to study large scale organization?  Is there a trade-off between spatial and temporal scales?

CCNi Debate 2013 Flyer