Rhythms of the Brain

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Oxford University Press, Aug 3, 2006 - Medical - 464 pages
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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. In a sequence of "cycles," György Buzsáki 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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The first few chapters may work as an introduction to the topic for researchers new to the field, but as a "holy book" on the subject it falls short of the mark, with too much speculation and too few facts. Also, despite being only from 2006, it appears to be already partly outdated due to the its use of the "axiom" that oscillations are always and only caused by interneurons (which has been shown repeatedly to be incorrect). 


Structure Defines Function
Diversity of Cortical Functions Is Provided by Inhibition
Windows on the Brain
A System of Rhythms From Simple to Complex Dynamics
Synchronization by Oscillation
The Brains Default State SelfOrganized Oscillations in Rest and Sleep
Perturbation of the Default Patterns by Experience
The Gamma Buzz Gluing by Oscillations in the Waking Brain
Perceptions and Actions Are BrainState Dependent
Oscillations in the Other Cortex Navigation in Real and Memory Space
Coupling of Systems by Oscillations
Tough Problems

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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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