Network Approaches to Diseases of the Brain

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This book covers novel approaches using networks and oscillations and it will serve as a catalyst for translating these exciting advancements into the clinical arena. This collection of articles aims ...
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Primer on Networks in Neuroscience

Pp. 13-20 (8)

Mark A. Kramer


Networks now play a prominent role in neuroscience research, supported by new data acquisition and analysis techniques. In this chapter we provide a brief introduction to this emerging field, with particular emphasis on methods to create (structural or functional) networks from neuronal data to characterize structural network properties. We also outline three simple models of networks, including the small-world network. The concepts introduced in this chapter provide a basic foundation to begin further exploration of networks in neuroscience, neurology and psychiatry. These clinical topics are covered in substantially more detail in the remaining chapters of the book.


Node, edge, graph, path length, clustering coefficient, small world, functional connectivity.


Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Boston University, 111 Cummington St, Boston MA 02215, USA