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A Comparative Survey Of Oscillatory Brain Activity, especially gamma-band rhythms.

Bullock, Theodore H. and Achimowicz, Jerzy Z. (1994) A Comparative Survey Of Oscillatory Brain Activity, especially gamma-band rhythms. [Book Chapter]

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Abstract

Nature loves to oscillate. Ongoing oscillations of a wide range of periods are familiar in animals, for example circannual, circalunar and circadian, the so-called minute rhythms of Galambos and Makeig (1988), respiratory, cardiac, and EEG rhythms of delta, theta and alpha frequencies, ca. 40 Hz cerebral, 200 Hz cerebellar, and pacemakers of electric organ discharges in certain electric fish which run at 1000-2000 Hz, night and day. In addition many living systems - or parts of them - love to show event-related oscillation. The gamma band of frequencies is popular from invertebrates to mammals, especially for transient oscillations, such as event-related rhythms, which have recently come to prominence and have been called induced rhythms in a recent book of that title (Baar and Bullock 1992). The purpose of this paper is to shed some perspective on the topic of the symposium by surveying the literature for examples of event-related oscillations, particularly those in the gamma band. I ask, for each example, four kinds of questions. (i) Are the events with which they are related similar? (ii) Are they suggestive of a common meaning, or (iii) of a common mechanism. (iv) Are the dynamics of the oscillation basically common or diverse?

Item Type:Book Chapter
Subjects:Neuroscience > Neuroanatomy
Neuroscience > Neurology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
ID Code:123
Deposited By:Bullock, Theodore Holmes
Deposited On:10 Nov 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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