Rhythms of the Brain (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Aug 3, 2006 - Medical - 464 pages
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Studies of mechanisms in the brain that allow complicated things to happen in a coordinated fashion have produced some of the most spectacular discoveries in neuroscience. This book provides eloquent support for the idea that spontaneous neuron activity, far from being mere noise, is actually the source of our cognitive abilities. It takes a fresh look at the co-evolution of structure and function in the mammalian brain, illustrating how self-emerged oscillatory timing is the brains fundamental organizer of neuronal information. The small world-like connectivity of the cerebral cortex allows for global computation on multiple spatial and temporal scales. The perpetual interactions among the multiple network oscillators keep cortical systems in a highly sensitive metastable state and provide energy-efficient synchronizing mechanisms via weak links. In a sequence of cycles, Gyorgy Buzsaki guides the reader from the physics of oscillations through neuronal assembly organization to complex cognitive processing and memory storage. His clear, fluid writing accessible to any reader with some scientific knowledge is supplemented by extensive footnotes and references that make it just as gratifying and instructive a read for the specialist. The coherent view of a single author who has been at the forefront of research in this exciting field, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in our rapidly evolving understanding of the brain.
  

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Buzaki's understanding of the neural networks and the oscillations that bind them is incredibly comprehensive. He also has a talent unusual for an academic in such a technical and objective field; he expresses facts beautifully and with with vividly aesthetic analogies. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
4
Structure Defines Function
30
Diversity of Cortical Functions Is Provided by Inhibition
62
Windows on the Brain
81
A System of Rhythms From Simple to Complex Dynamics
112
Synchronization by Oscillation
137
The Brains Default State SelfOrganized Oscillations in Rest and Sleep
176
Perturbation of the Default Patterns by Experience
207
The Gamma Buzz Gluing by Oscillations in the Waking Brain
232
Perceptions and Actions Are BrainState Dependent
263
Oscillations in the Other Cortex Navigation in Real and Memory Space
278
Coupling of Systems by Oscillations
335
Tough Problems
358
References
374
Index
434
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About the author (2006)

Gyorgy Buzsaki is a Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience at Rutgers University. His primary research interests are in brain oscillations, sleep and memory, and with more than 200 papers published on these topics, he is among the top 250 most-cited neuroscientists. Dr. Buzsaki is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and he sits on the editorial boards of several leading neuroscience journals.

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