Recent development in studies of neurons, neural networks and cognitive behaviours indicates crucial roles of their dynamical properties in representation of information in the brain. Over the last few years evidence indicates that the brain is operating either at, or in the vicinity, of a critical state. However, very little is known about that consequences of these observations. Why is criticality important for the brain? Can we relate functionality to degree of criticality? Are there conditions under which the brains is significantly far from a critical state? Our workshop will try to address these complex questions gathering together researchers coming from different fields, neuroscience, physics, neurophysiology. We aim to promote a relaxed atmosphere which will encourage informal interactions between all participants and hopefully will lead to new professional relationships which will last beyond the workshop.

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