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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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Coordination in Circuits

Coordination in Circuits

Chapter:
(p.133) 9 Coordination in Circuits
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Dynamic Coordination in the Brain
Author(s):

Mayank Mehta

György Buzsáki

Andreas Kreiter

Anders Lansner

Jörg Lücke

Kevan Martin

Bita Moghaddam

May-Britt Moser

Danko Nikolić

Terrence J. Sejnowski

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014717.003.0009

This chapter investigates the mechanisms underlying the emergence of mind from the activity of groups of neurons. Drawing on experimental observations primarily from cortical and hippocampal activity patterns during behavior, it looks at the set of neural mechanisms at all the different levels ranging from synapses to neurons. It focuses on mental representations and the mechanisms by which they are generated by the brain, and how these mental representations across different brain regions interact to generate perception and decision making. It also discusses the range of oscillation frequencies, alternative mechanisms for generating oscillations, mechanisms that modulate oscillation frequency, and synchrony without oscillations, with an emphasis on the theta and gamma oscillations observed in the neocortex and hippocampus during cognitive tasks. Finally, the chapter considers how generic excitatory-inhibitory networks process information and how the process is influenced by neuromodulators.

Keywords:   mind, neurons, mental representations, brain, oscillations, synchrony, neocortex, hippocampus, excitatory-inhibitory networks, neuromodulators

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