Research report 2016 - Associated Institute - Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max-Planck-Society
How neuronal rhythms influence effective connectivity in the brain
Assoziierte Einrichtung - Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience, Frankfurt am Main
SummaryThe processing of sensory information is hard work for our brain: Millions of neurons have to work together to process the flood of information about our environment. In the past years it became obvious that the rhythmic synchronization between cortical areas plays an important role in the directed routing of information in the brain. New experiments reveal that neuronal rhythms can modulate the gain of incoming stimuli. This mechanism gives an explanation of how we can consciously perceive an isolated object by focusing our attention on it.