The Center provides an internationally known Ph. D. Program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. The program was originally established through a Training Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. This research program blends emerging concepts from complex dynamical systems with experimental techniques at the molecular, cellular, behavioral, and cognitive levels in brain sciences. Students learn to use cutting-edge experimental techniques from molecular neuroscience to brain imaging technologies including EEG, MEG, high-resolution structural MRI and functional MRI.

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Retinal Cell Biology Laboratory


Dr. Janet Blanks

Research in the Blanks' lab at Florida Atlantic University is currently focused on developing and testing unique hypoxia-regulated, cell specific recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus (rAAV) vectors for gene therapy of different target cell types within the eye and brain. 

Human Brain and Behavior Laboratory


The science of coordination aims to understand how the very many different elements of living things - from genes to cells, to neural ensembles, to brains, to societies - are functionally coordinated in space and time. Our current research uses non-invasive imaging methods (EEG, MEG, fMRI, DTI etc) and behavioral measures to investigate brain areas that underlie human learning, cognition, and the disorders thereof. …

Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

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Subcortical systems control the hippocampal EEG and its functional significance. We examine brainstem-diencephalic networks that control the theta rhythm and non-theta states of the hippocampal EEG and their role in memory processing functions of the hippocampus.

Cognitive Neurodynamics Laboratory

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"As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain,  will also be a mystery."    

    -Santiago Ramon y Cajal (1852 - 1934)

The Cognitive Neurodynamics Laboratory is a research group within the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. …

Vision Research Laboratory

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The focus of our laboratory is on the identification of mechanisms responsible for the detection of motion, and on the interactions among local motion detectors that result in the formation of global motion patterns. Nonlinear dynamics constitutes the unifying theoretical framework for these studies and is the basis for the computational models through which we simulate our experimental results.

Brain Imaging and Dynamics Laboratory


Application of the concepts of synergetics and the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems to behavioral sciences, biology, and medicine. Especially, the macroscopic modeling of the spatiotemporal dynamics of human EEG and MEG, and combining theses dynamical measures with structural and functional information obtained from MRI and fMRI. 

NeuroMemory Lab

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The lab is under the direction of Dr Robert W. Stackman. The principal research interest is neurobiology of learning and memory. The lab uses a systems and behavioral neuroscience approach to understand the basic neural mechanisms that underlie mammalian learning and memory - from the analysis of individual cells and molecules to the study of circuits supporting memory processes.

Visual Mind Lab

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Without moving your eyes, try to recognize the objects around you, even in the far periphery. How does your knowledge of your environment combine with the visual input in order to understand the scene you are in? How do we combine information from other modalities into a unified representation?




Max Planck Florida Institute

Brain Network Recovery Group

Paul Azzopardi - University of Oxford, England

Andrea Bartoli - George Mason University, VA

Raphael Bernier & Michael Murias - UW Autism Center, University of Washington, WA

Clifford Brown - FAU - FL

Peter Coleman - Teachers College Columbia University, NY

Silvia Comani & Maurizio Bertollo - Universit degli Studi di Chieti, Italy

Mingzhou Ding - University of Florida, FL

Takako Fujioka & Bernhard Ross - Rotman Institute, Canada

Charles Gray - Montana State University, MT

Patricia Gray - University of North Carolina, NC

Dirk Jancke - University of the Ruhr, Germany

Kelly J. Jantzen - Western Washington University, WA

Rolf Kotter - Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Duesseldorf, Germany

Julien Lagarde - , University of Montpellier, France

Anders Ledberg - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Hualou Liang - University of Drexel, PA

Richard Leahy - University of Southern California, CA

Carsten Marr - Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany

Jay Michaels - FAU, FL

Vincent Naudot - FAU, FL

Andrzej Nowak - FAU, FL & University of Warsaw, Poland

Olivier Oullier - University of Provence, France

Caroline Palmer - McGill University, Canada

Gregor Schöner - University of the Ruhr, Germany

Charles Schroeder - Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiactric Research, NY

Ira Schwartz - Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC

Gregory Simpson - University of California, San Francisco, CA

Joel Snyder & Erin Hannon - University of Nevada, Las-Vegas, NV

Laurel Trainor - McMaster University, Canada

Robin Vallacher - FAU, FL

Pier Zanone - University of Toulouse, France



Fuchs, A., Jirsa, V.K. (eds.) (2008). Coordination: Neural, Behavioral and Social Dynamics. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.

Kelso, J.A.S. & Engstrom, D.A. (2006). The Complementary Nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Prentice, H.M., Biswal, M., Dorey, C.K. and Blanks, J.C.: Hypoxia-regulated, retinal glial cell-specific promoter for potential gene therapy in disease. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci., E-Published on September 29, 2011 as Manuscript IOVS.10-6835.

M. R. Biswal, H. Prentice, and J. C. Blanks. Hypoxia responsive vector targeting astrocytes in Glioma. Glioma Book 3, 2011, [ISBN 979-953-307-198-4], InTech

Bressler, S.L., Seth, A.K. (2011). Wiener-Granger causality: a well established methodology. NeuroImage (58) 323-329.

Simpson, G.V., Weber, D.L., Dale, C.L., Pantazis, D., Bressler, S.L., Leahy, R.M., Luks, T.L. (2011). Dynamic activation of frontal, parietal, and sensory regions underlying anticipatory visual spatial attention. The Journal of Neuroscience 31(39): 13880-13889.

Woodman, M., Perdikis, D., Pillai, A. S., Dodel, S., Huys, R., Bressler, S., & Jirsa, V. K., (2011). Building neurocognitive networks with a distributed functional architecture. Adv Exp Med Biol, 718:101-109.

Dodel, S., Cohn, J., Mersmann, J., Luu, P., Forsythe, C., & Jirsa, V., (2011) Brain signatures of team performance. Foundations of Augmented Cognition. Directing the Future of Adaptive Systems, 288-297.

Kelso, J.A.S (2012). Multistability and metastability: understanding dynamic coordination in the brain. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367, 906-918. doi:10.1098/rstb.2011.0351

Wade, J.J., McDaid, L.J., Harkin, J., Crunelli, V., Kelso, J.A.S. (2011). Bidirectional coupling between astrocytes and neurons mediates learning and dynamic coordination in the Brain: a multiple modeling approach. PLoS ONE 6(12): e29445. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029445.

Tognoli, E., Kelso, J.A.S. The coordination dynamics of social neuromarkers. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Tognoli, E., Kelso, J.A.S. (in press). On the brain's dynamical complexity: coupling and causal influences across spatiotemporal scales. In Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (III), eds. Y. Yamaguchi et al. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

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