Synergetics of the Brain

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Synergetics at Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, May 2 – 7, 1983

Springer Series in Synergetics, Vol. 23

1983, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, ISBN 3-540-12960-X




Prof. Dr. Erol Basar

Medizinische Hochschule LŸbeck

Institut fŸr Physiologie

Ratzeburger Allee 16

2400 LŸbeck, Fed. Rep. of Germany


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hermann Haken

Institut fŸr Theoretische Physik

UniversitŠt Stuttgart

Pfaffenwaldring 57/IV

7000 Stuttgart 80, Fed. Rep. of Germany


Prof. Dr. Arnold J. Mandell

Department of Psychiatry

School of Medicine

University of California at San Diego

La Jolla, CA 92093, USA


Prof. Dr. Hans Flohr

UniversitŠt Bremen

Abteilung Neurobiologie

2800 Bremen

Fed. Rep. of Germany






D.A. Glaser (Dept. of Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720): Introductory remarks


H. Haken (Institut fŸr Theoretische Physik, UniversitŠt Stuttgart, D-7000 Stuttgart): Synopsis and introduction



Part I: Experimental results


1.1               Formation and structure of nervous systems


C. Rager (Institut dÕAnatomie et dÕEmbryologie, CH-1700 Fribourg): Vertical and tangential organization in the neocortex


M.E. Schwab (Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Dept. of Neurochemistry, D-8033 Martinsried): Cell biological aspects of neuronal communication: trophic interactions in the developing and adult nervous system


J.R. Wolff (Zentrum Anatomie, UniversitŠt Gšttingen, D-3400 Gšttingen); G.P. Wagner (Max-Planck-Institut fŸr Virusforschung, D-7400 TŸbingen): Self-organization in synaptogenesis: interaction between the formation of excitatory and inhibitory synapses


1.2               Plasticity, auto-adaption


H. Flohr (UniversitŠt Bremen, Abteilung Neurobiologie, D-2800 Bremen): Control of plastic processes


W. Precht (Brain Research Institute, University of ZŸrich, CH-8000 ZŸrich): Reorganization of neuronal circuitry in the vestibular system following unilateral labyrinthine removal


W. Singer (Max-Planck-Institut fŸr Hirnforschung, D-6000 Frankfurt/ Main): Neuronal activity as a shaping factor in the self-organization of neuron assemblies


W.J. Freeman (Dept. of Physiology-Anatomy, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720): Dynamics of image formation by nerve cell assemblies


G. Melville Jones (Aviation Medical Research Unit, Dept. of Physiology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1Y6): Auto-adaptive control of central plasticity: Observations and speculations


1.3         Nonequilibrium phase transitions


K. Hepp (Physics Dept., ETH, CH-8093 ZŸrich); V. Henn (Neurology Dept., University of ZŸrich, CH-8091 ZŸrich): Neurodynamics of the oculomotor system: space-time recoding and a non-equilibrium phase transition


1.4         Synergetic effects caused by molecular inputs


R.C. Guillemin, P. Brazeau, A. Briskin (Laboratories for Neuroendocrinology, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, CA 92138); A.J. Mandell, (Dept. of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093): Evidence for synergetic dynamics in a mammalian pituitary cell perifusion system


B. Bohus (Dept. of Animal Physiology, University of Groningen, NL-9750 AA Haren): Opiomelanocortins, learning and memory: significance of multiple behavioural information in one polypeptide molecule


1.5         Multi-electrodes


H.J. Reitboeck (Institut fŸr Angewandte Physik und Experimentelle Biophysik der UniversitŠt Marburg, D-3550 Marburg/ Lahn): A multi-electrode matrix for studies of temporal signal correlations within neural assemblies


1.6         EEG and synergetics of neural populations


E. Basar (Medizinische Hochschule LŸbeck, Institut fŸr Physiologie, D- 2400 LŸbeck): Synergetics of neuronal populations. A survey on experiments


1.7         Field effects on neural nets


W.R. Adey (Research Service, Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital and Depts. Of Surgery and Physiology, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA 92357): Molecular aspects of cell membranes as substrates for interaction with electromagnetic fields



Part II: Theoretical approaches


2.1         Pattern formation in the inanimate world


Y. Pomeau (Service de Physique ThŽorique, CEN-Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette): Pattern selection in cellular structures


A.V. Gaponov-Grekhov, M.I. Rabinovich (Institute of Applied Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, SU-Gorky): Nonstationary structures – chaos and order


2.2         Modelling self-organization and performance of neural nets


Ch. von der Malsburg (Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, D-3400 Gšttingen): How are nervous structures organized?


E. Bienenstock (DŽpt. de Neurobiologie du DŽveloppement, UniversitŽ de Paris Sud, F-91405 Orsay): Cooperation and competition in central nervous system development: a unifying approach


T. Kohonen (Dept. of Technical Physics, Helsinki University of Technology, SF-02150, Espoo 15): Representation of information in spatial maps which are produced by self-organization


S. Grossberg (Center for Adaptive Systems, Dept. of Mathematics, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215): Neural substrates of binocular form perception: filtering, matching, diffusion, and resonance


U. an der Heiden, G. Roth (University of Bremen, FB2 – Biology, D-2800 Bremen 33): Cooperative neural processes in amphibian visual prey recognition


G.A. Carpenter (Dept. of Mathematics and Center for Adaptive Systems, Dept. of Mathematics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115): A comparative analysis of structure and chaos in models of single nerve cells and circadian rhythms


J.S. Nicolis (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Patras, Patras, Greece): The role of chaos in reliable information processing


A.C. Scott (Laboratory of Applied Mathematical Physics, The Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Lyngby): Solitons and bioenergetics


R. King, J.D. Barchas (Dept. of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305); B. Huberman (Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, CA 34304, and Dept. of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Standford, CA 94305): Theoretical psychopathology: an application of dynamical systems theory to human behavior


A.J. Mandell (Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine; University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093): From chemical homology to topological temperature: a notion relating the structure and function of brain polypeptides