Rhythms of the Brain

Paperback | May 29, 2011

byGyorgy Buzsaki

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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 actuallythe source of our cognitive abilities. It takes a fresh look at the coevolution of structure and function in the mammalian brain, illustrating how self-emerged oscillatory timing is the brain's fundamental organizer of neuronal information. The small-world-like connectivity of the cerebral cortexallows 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 extensivefootnotes 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 ofthe brain.

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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 actuallythe source of our cognitive abilities. It ta...

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 Adva...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:May 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PreludeCycle 1: IntroductionCycle 2: Structure defines functionCycle 3: Diversity of cortical functions is provided by inhibitionCycle 4: Windows on the brainCycle 5: A system of rhythms: from simple to complex dynamicsCycle 6: Synchronization by oscillationCycle 7: The brain's default state: self-organized oscillations in rest and sleepCycle 8: Perturbation of the default patterns by experienceCycle 9: The gamma buzz: gluing by oscillations in the waking brainCycle 10: Perceptions and actions are brain state-dependentCycle 11: Oscillations in the "other cortex:" navigation in real and memory spaceCycle 12: Coupling of systems by oscillationsCycle 13: The tough problemReferences