Electrical activity is essential for neuronal communication. Over the years, in vivo multielectrode recordings have revealed that the electrical activities of individual neurons are not independent of each other. Instead, neurons tend to fire in a coordinated way within a given neural network. When measured as the electroencephalogram (EEG) or local field potential (LFP) signals, this neural coordination results in complex oscillatory activity patterns, which reflect synchronous synaptic potentials in a local network (Lopes da Silva 1991). Thus, unveiling the physiological mechanisms generating such complex oscillatory neural activity patterns is key to achieving a better understanding of how the brain operates in behaving animals.
|Methods for Neural Ensemble Recordings, Second Edition
|Published - 1 1月 2007