Look out…”Avalanche!”

In Brain Circuitry, Brain Science by Brainy Days Ahead

Whoops…false alarm. In brain research, avalanches are intermittent cascades of electrical activity and are everyday occurrences that are not only peaceful, but actually reflect stability! Here researchers provide a quantitative analysis of how neuronal avalanches arise from the balance between two fundamental electrochemical forces mediated on the level of neural networks — the force that excites the propagation of electrical activity through the brain, and the force that inhibits it.