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Dynamic Coordination in the BrainFrom Neurons to Mind$
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Christoph von der Malsburg, William A. Phillips, and Wolf Singer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014717

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014717.001.0001

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Neural Coordination and Human Cognition

Neural Coordination and Human Cognition

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(p.234) (p.235) 16 Neural Coordination and Human Cognition
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Dynamic Coordination in the Brain
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Catherine Tallon-Baudry

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014717.003.0016

Researchers in human cognitive neuroscience have long been trying to understand how thoughts can arise from billions of interconnected neurons. Despite the significant advances in human brain imaging over the last two decades, how activity is coordinated in the activated network remains unknown. This chapter examines the different modes of neural coordination that have been analyzed theoretically and experimentally and outlines the distinction between well-learned behavior and dynamic neural coordination in flexibly defined neural ensembles. Well-learned behavior can take advantage of prespecified neural routes while dynamic neural coordination can give rise to new percepts and/or creative behaviors. The chapter discusses the role of brain rhythms in human cognition in the context of dynamic coordination. It also explains why different frequency bands coexist and interact using a hypothetical but comprehensive schema.

Keywords:   neurons, neural coordination, behavior, brain, rhythms, human cognition, dynamic coordination, frequency bands

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