Neural Models for Diseases and Behavior


In a paper published in the European Physics Letters, we proposed a new model, based on self-organized criticality and Levy flights, that can explain some of the key characteristics of seizures in epileptic patients, including inter-seizure interval, and seizure intensity statistics. In another paper Stochastic Modeling of a Serial Killer, recently published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, we showed that a slightly modified version of the same neural model could explain a new pattern, namely The Devil’s Staircase, that we discovered in the inter-murder intervals of serial killers. This work has been received enthusiastically not only by many behavioral and criminal psychologists, but also by the popular media in many countries, including USA (e.g., Forbes, Discovery, Boston Globe), and the UK (e.g., The Daily Mail).