Electric Fields of the Brain: The Neurophysics of EEG by Paul L. Nunez

Electric Fields of the Brain: The Neurophysics of EEG

byPaul L. Nunez, Ramesh Srinivasan

Hardcover | December 8, 2005

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Electroencephalography (EEG) is practiced by neurologists, cognitive neuroscientists, and others interested in functional brain imaging. Whether for clinical or experimental purposes, all studies share a common purpose-to relate scalp potentials to the underlying neurophysiology. Electricalpotentials on the scalp exhibit spatial and temporal patterns that depend on the nature and location of the sources and the way that currents and fields spread through tissue. Because these dynamic patterns are correlated with behavior and cognition, EEG provides a "window on the mind," correlatingphysiology and psychology. This classic and widely acclaimed text, originally published in 1981, filled the large gap between EEG and the physical sciences. It has now been brought completely up to date and will again serve as an invaluable resource for understanding the principles of electric fields in living tissue andfor using hard science to study human consciousness and cognition. No comparable volume exists for it is no easy task to explain the problems of EEG in clear language, with mathematics presented mainly in appendices. Among the many topics covered by the Second Edition are micro and meso(intermediate scale) synaptic sources, electrode placement, choice of reference, volume conduction, power and coherence measures, projection of scalp potentials to dura surface, dynamic signatures of conscious experience, neural networks immersed in global fields of synaptic action, andphysiological bases for brain source dynamics. The Second Edition is an invaluable resource for neurologists, neuroscientists (especially cognitive neuroscientists), biomedical engineers, and their students and trainees. It will also appeal to physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists,psychiatrists, and industrial engineers interested in EEG.

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Paul L. Nunez is at Tulane University.
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Title:Electric Fields of the Brain: The Neurophysics of EEGFormat:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 7.09 × 9.88 × 1.18 inPublished:December 8, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The physics-EEG interface2. Fallacies in EEG3. An overview of electromagnetic fields4. Electric fields and currents in biological tissue5. Current sources in a homogeneous and isotropic medium6. Current sources in inhomogeneous media7. Recording strategies, reference issues, and dipole localization8. High resolution EEG9. Measures of EEG dynamic properties10. Spatial-temporal properties of EEG11. Neocortical dynamics, EEG, and cognitionAppendicesA. Introduction to the calculus of vector fieldsB. Quasi-static reduction of Maxwell's equationsC. Surface magnetic field due to a dipole at arbitrary location in a volume conductorD. Derivation of the membrane diffusion equationpage 4 of 4E. Solutions to the membrane diffusion equationF. Point source in a five layered plane mediumG. Radial dipole and dipole layer inside concentric spherical shellsH. Tangential dipole inside concentric spherical shellsI. Spherical harmonicsJ. The spline LaplacianK. Impressed currents and cross-scale relations in volume conductorsL. Outline of neocortical dynamic global theory

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"Unique and important for a number of reasons, the most compelling of which is that for the first time a physicist with much practical experience with EEGs has set out to 'tell the whole EEG story' . . . a fine reference suitable as a textbook for a graduate level course on the EEG in aphysiology or engineering department. Clinical neurologists specializing in epilepsy will find chapter six on EEG recording . . . and chapter seven on EEG analysis most valuable. The practical discussion on the choice of a reference electrode . . . is itself worth many times the price of thebook." --Alan S. Gevins in Epilepsia