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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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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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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