On the blog: Jazz bands succeed by missing links among musicians

Jazz bands succeed by missing links among musicians © Pixabay, CC0 Public domainWhat makes a tune successful? Does musical innovation happen through individual genius or is it the result of teamwork? Balazs Vedres investigates the levels of creative exchange in the the jazz world, and the ways in which these can foster (or limit) musical success. Read the full study here.

On the blog: How the brain handles pain through the lens of network science

How the brain handles pain through the lens of network science © Pixabay, CC0 Public domainWhat happens in the brain when we feel pain? In a guest post on the SpringerOpen blog, Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci explains how his team used network science models to understand the mechanisms of brain region re-wiring and engram formations that are associated with chronic pain. 

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