PATTERN INNOVATION | BRAIN WAVES
RAINBOW BRAIN Image: Nottingham University
A mathematician and scientist has described how “brain waves pattern themselves after the rhythms of nature”. Jack Cowan has undertaken research that highlights the similarities in the way that the brain behaves and reacts and the reactions of everyday molecules. His latest findings show that the same mathematical tools physicists use to describe the behaviour of subatomic particles and the dynamics of liquids and solids can now be applied to understanding how the brain generates its various rhythms.
Cowan has also investigated other patterns in the brain, beginning to explain visual hallucinations and how the visual cortex obtained its stripy appearance.