One of the main methods for studying the activity of the network component in Simbrain is by using a plot component. However, the plot components are general and can be used to show the values of any attribute in simbrain.
To get a quick sense of what most of the charts do, run the
To add a plot component to the workspace either press on the plot button in the desktop toolbar, which opens up a drop down menu with different plot components, or use the menu Insert > New Plot >...
To use the plot you will have to couple some attributes of the component whose behavior you want to plot (often neural activations in a neural network) with the plot itself. For information on how to do this see the documentation on couplings.
Most of the charts are based on the JFreeChart library.