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Do brain networks evolve by maximizing their information flow capacity?

Antonopoulos, CG and Srivastava, S and Pinto, SEDS and Baptista, MS (2015) 'Do brain networks evolve by maximizing their information flow capacity?' PLOS Computational Biology, 11 (8). e1004372-e1004372. ISSN 1553-7358

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We propose a working hypothesis supported by numerical simulations that brain networks evolve based on the principle of the maximization of their internal information flow capacity. We find that synchronous behavior and capacity of information flow of the evolved networks reproduce well the same behaviors observed in the brain dynamical networks of Caenorhabditis elegans and humans, networks of Hindmarsh-Rose neurons with graphs given by these brain networks. We make a strong case to verify our hypothesis by showing that the neural networks with the closest graph distance to the brain networks of Caenorhabditis elegans and humans are the Hindmarsh-Rose neural networks evolved with coupling strengths that maximize information flow capacity. Surprisingly, we find that global neural synchronization levels decrease during brain evolution, reflecting on an underlying global no Hebbian-like evolution process, which is driven by no Hebbian-like learning behaviors for some of the clusters during evolution, and Hebbian-like learning rules for clusters where neurons increase their synchronization.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 27 pages, 8 figures, 2 tables, supporting_information included, published in PLOS Computational Biology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brain; Nerve Net; Neurons; Animals; Humans; Caenorhabditis elegans; Learning; Computational Biology; Models, Neurological; Adult; Male; Young Adult; Neural Networks, Computer
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Mathematical Sciences, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 12:51
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:49

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