Research report 2012 - Associated Institute - Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max-Planck-Society
Finding the needle in the haystack: How our brain selects information
Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience
SummaryOur brain is constantly bombarded with sensory information. However, only a fraction of this information may be behaviorally relevant at a given moment in time. How such selection processes are realized in the brain is in the focus of current research. A possible mechanism for the dynamic routing of information is the selective, rhythmic synchronization between populations of neurons. Experimental results support this hypothesis and expand our knowledge about the processing of sensory information in the brain.