The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is dedicated to understanding the principles and mechanisms that underlie complex behavior. From the microscopic level of cells and organelles to the grand scale of human interaction, our mission is to bring together multiple discplines to tackle the most intriguing questions about the brain, the mind, consciousness, and behavior.
How does the function of a complex system like the brain depend upon its elements and their connections? How do genes work together to form and shape a cell? What happens when a nerve is damaged? How are our perceptions shaped by our neural pathways? How do we control movements, coordinate activity, play and listen to music, and see the world around us? What neural networks exist and emerge when we perform various activities?
Founded by Dr. J.A. Scott Kelso in 1985, the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is a multi-disciplinary academic unit in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University. The Center brings together scientists from different backgrounds such as theoretical physicists, cognitive psychologists, laboratory biologists, and applied mathematicians to tackle the most profound questions of brain and behavior.