"Getting in sync can be exhilarating when you’re dancing in rhythm with other
people or clapping along in an audience. Fireflies too know the joy of
synchronisation, timing their flashes together to create a larger display to
Synchronisation is important at a more basic level in our bodies, too. Our
heart cells all beat together (at least when things are going well), and
synchronised electrical waves can help coordinate brain regions – but too much
synchronisation of brain cells is what happens in an epileptic seizure.
Sync most often emerges spontaneously rather than through following the lead of
some central timekeeper. How does this happen? What is it about a system that
determines whether sync will emerge, and how strong it will be?
In new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
we show how the strength of synchronisation in a network depends on the
structure of the connections between its members – whether they be brain cells,
fireflies, or groups of dancers."
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*** Xanni ***
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