Study suggests different species may rely on a shared principle for neural network formation

In all species, brain function relies on an intricate network of connections that allows neurons to send information back and forth between one another, commanding thought and physical activity. But within those networks a small number of neurons share much stronger connections to one another than all the others. These abnormally strong connections—known as “heavy-tailed” based on the shape of their distribution—are thought to play an outsized role in brain function.

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