The Packet Switching Brain

Daniel Graham, Daniel Rockmore
2011 Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience  
■ The computer metaphor has served brain science well as a tool for comprehending neural systems. Nevertheless, we propose here that this metaphor be replaced or supplemented by a new metaphor, the "Internet metaphor," to reflect dramatic new network theoretic understandings of brain structure and function. We offer a "weak" form and a "strong" form of this metaphor: The former suggests that structures and processes unique to Internet-like architectures (e.g., domains and protocols) can
more » ... tocols) can profitably guide our thinking about brains, whereas the latter suggests that one particular feature of the Internet-packet switchingmay be instantiated in the structure of certain brain networks, particularly mammalian neocortex. ■ Dartmouth College
doi:10.1162/jocn.2010.21477 pmid:20350173 fatcat:5imwo2iiendbjgx22w55svjffe