The Science of Dreams

Understanding dreams and the dreaming brain has proven to be one of the most complex and enduring problems in the history of science. In early 20th century a new paradigm for understanding dreams emerged, based on complex structural theories of the psyche, particularly of the unconscious mind. Such philosophical and anthropological theories are based on abstract models of higher-level cognitive and emotional functions of the brain, where symbols, metaphors and latent meanings of dreams play important roles.

Frontiers of Neurophysics, an exploration of the interface of physics and neuroscience.

Organizers: Alex Levine (UCLA)

This workshop, hosted by the Bhaumik Institute of Theoretical Physics and the UCLA Center for Biological Physics, will explore the emerging connections between physics and neuroscience as part of the UCLA Julian Schwinger Centennial Celebration. Topics include:

- Information theory and neural encoding of sensory data
- The application of the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems to neural networks
- The statistical physics of nonlinear actors on quenched random networks


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