Richard Betzel

Richard Betzel

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science Program

Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences


  • PhD, Psychological and Brain Science, Indiana University Bloomington
  • MS, Biomechanics, Indiana University Bloomington
  • BA, Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin College

Research interests

The topology of structural brain networks and its role in shaping patterns of functional connectivity.

Models of inter-areal communication dynamics in large-scale brain networks.

Principles of time-varying functional network reconfiguration and its relationship to ongoing cognitive processes.

The role of spatial embedding in shaping structural network organization and the emergence of tradeoffs between wiring cost and adaptive functional features.

Neurobiologically-constrained generative models of brain networks and applications to brain development.

Representative publications

Modular brain networks (2016)
Olaf Sporns and Richard F Betzel
Annual Reviews. 67 613-640

Changes in structural and functional connectivity among resting-state networks across the human lifespan (2014)
Richard F Betzel, Lisa Byrge, Ye He, Joaquín Goñi, Xi-Nian Zuo and Olaf Sporns
Neuroimage, 102 345-357

Resting-brain functional connectivity predicted by analytic measures of network communication (2014)
Joaquín Goñi, Martijn P van den Heuvel, Andrea Avena-Koenigsberger, Nieves Velez de Mendizabal, Richard F Betzel, Alessandra Griffa ...
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (2), 833-838

Multi-scale brain networks (2017)
Richard F Betzel and Danielle S Bassett
Neuroimage, 160 73-83

Generative models of the human connectome (2016)
Richard F Betzel, Andrea Avena-Koenigsberger, Joaquín Goñi, Ye He, Marcel A De Reus, Alessandra Griffa ...
Neuroimage, 124 1054-1064

Cooperative and competitive spreading dynamics on the human connectome (2015)
Bratislav Mišić, Richard F Betzel, Azadeh Nematzadeh, Joaquin Goni, Alessandra Griffa, Patric Hagmann ...
Neuron, 86 (6), 1518-1529

Dynamic fluctuations coincide with periods of high and low modularity in resting-state functional brain networks (2016)
Richard F Betzel, Makoto Fukushima, Ye He, Xi-Nian Zuo and Olaf Sporns
NeuroImage, 127 287-297

Optimally controlling the human connectome: the role of network topology (2016)
Richard F Betzel, Shi Gu, John D Medaglia, Fabio Pasqualetti and Danielle S Bassett
Scientific reports, 6 30770

Network-level structure-function relationships in human neocortex (2016)
Bratislav Mišić, Richard F Betzel, Marcel A De Reus, Martijn P Van Den Heuvel, Marc G Berman, Anthony R McIntosh ...
Cerebral Cortex, 26 (7), 3285-3296

Synchronization Dynamics and Evidence for a Repertoire of Network States in Resting EEG (2012)
Richard F Betzel, Molly A Erickson, Malene Abell, Brian F O’Donnell, William P Hetrick and Olaf Sporns
Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 6 74

Modular segregation of structural brain networks supports the development of executive function in youth (2017)
Graham L Baum, Rastko Ciric, David R Roalf, Richard F Betzel, Tyler M Moore, Russell T Shinohara ...
Current Biology, 27 (11), 1561-1572. e8

Multi-scale community organization of the human structural connectome and its relationship with resting-state functional connectivity (2013)
Richard F. Betzel, Alessandra Griffa, Andrea Avena-Koenigsberger, Joaquín Goñi, Patric Hagmann, Jean-Phillippe Thiran ...
Network Science, 1 (3), 353-373

Exploring the Morphospace of Communication Efficiency in Complex Networks (2013)
Joaquin Goñi, Andrea Avena-Koenigsberger, Nieves Velez de Mendizabal, Martijn P. van den Heuvel, Richard F. Betzel and O Sporns
PLoS ONE, 8 (3), e58070

Human connectomics across the life span (2017)
Xi-Nian Zuo, Ye He, Richard F Betzel, Stan Colcombe, Olaf Sporns and Michael P Milham
Elsevier Current Trends. 21 (1), 32-45

Cliques and cavities in the human connectome (2018)
Ann E Sizemore, Chad Giusti, Ari Kahn, Jean M Vettel, Richard F Betzel and Danielle S Bassett
Journal of computational neuroscience, 44 (1), 115-145