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Indiana University Bloomington

Olaf Sporns

Dr. Olaf Sporns

Provost Professor


osporns [at]

office: PY 360 | (812)855-2772

lab: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
   PY A308 | (812)856-5986


Computational and cognitive neuroscience; functional integration and binding in the cortex; neural models of perception and action; network structure and dynamics; applications of information theory to the brain; embodied cognitive science; robotics

Educational Background

  • 1986 - B.A.,  Universitat Tubingen (Germany)
  • 1990 - Ph.D.,  Rockefeller University

Areas of Study

  • Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Science

Research Topics

  • Computational and cognitive neuroscience
  • Functional integration and binding in the cortex
  • Neural models of perception and action
  • Network structure and dynamics
  • Applications of information theory to the brain
  • Embodied cognitive science
  • Robotics

Representative Publications


Sporns, O. Networks of the Brain. MIT Press.


Rubinov, M., Sporns, O. Complex network measures of brain connectivity: Uses and interpretations. Neuroimage 52, 1059-1069.

Hagmann, P., Sporns, O., Madan, N., Cammoun, L., Pienaar, R., Wedeen, V.J., Meuli, R., Thiran, J.P., Grant, P.E. White matter maturation reshapes structural connectivity in the late developing human brain. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 19067-19072.


Honey, C.J., Sporns, O., Cammoun, L., Gigandet, X., Thiran, J.P., Meuli, R., Hagmann, P. Predicting human resting-state functional connectivity from structural connectivity. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 2035-2040.

Bullmore, E.T, Sporns, O. Complex brain networks: graph-theoretical analysis of structural and functional systems. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 10, 186-198.


Hagmann, P., Cammoun, L., Gigandet, X., Meuli, R., Honey, C.J., Wedeen, V.J., Sporns, O. Mapping the structural core of human cerebral cortex. PLoS Biology 6, e159.