Oscillatory Event-Related Brain Dynamics

  • Christo Pantev
  • Thomas Elbert
  • Bernd Lütkenhöner

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 271)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Manfried Hoke
    Pages 1-8
  3. Robert Galambos, Theodore H. Bullock
    Pages 9-10
  4. Theodore H. Bullock, Jerzy Z. Achimowicz
    Pages 11-26
  5. Ulrich Altrup, Michael Madeja, Martin Wiemann, Erwin-Josef Speckmann
    Pages 27-42
  6. L. G. Nowak, M. H. J. Munk, N. Chounlamountri, J. Bullier
    Pages 85-98
  7. Pieter R. Roelfsema, Andreas K. Engel, Peter König, Wolf Singer
    Pages 99-114
  8. Hennric Jokeit, Ralf Goertz, Erika Küchler, Scott Makeig
    Pages 135-146
  9. Mitchell Valdes-Sosa, Maria A. Bobes, Carlos Sierra, Maribel Echevarria, Leonel Perez, Jorge Bosch et al.
    Pages 147-166
  10. Gabriel Curio, Bruno-Marcel Mackert, Klaus Abraham-Fuchs, Wolfgang Härer
    Pages 205-218
  11. Christo Pantev, Thomas Elbert
    Pages 219-230
  12. Friedemann Pulvermüller, Hubert Preißl, Carsten Eulitz, Christo Pantev, Werner Lutzenberger, Bernd Feige et al.
    Pages 243-258
  13. Bernd Lütkenhöner, Christo Pantev
    Pages 259-274

About this book


How does the brain code and process incoming information, how does it recog­ nize a certain object, how does a certain Gestalt come into our awareness? One of the key issues to conscious realization of an object, of a Gestalt is the attention de­ voted to the corresponding sensory input which evokes the neural pattern underly­ ing the Gestalt. This requires that the attention be devoted to one set of objects at a time. However, the attention may be switched quickly between different objects or ongoing input processes. It is to be expected that such mechanisms are reflected in the neural dynamics: Neurons or neuronal assemblies which pertain to one object may fire, possibly in rapid bursts at a time. Such firing bursts may enhance the synaptic strength in the corresponding cell assembly and thereby form the substrate of short-term memory. However, we may well become aware of two different objects at a time. How can we avoid that the firing patterns which may relate to say a certain type of move­ ment (columns in V5) or to a color (V 4) of one object do not become mixed with those of another object? Such a blend may only happen if the presentation times be­ come very short (below 20-30 ms). One possibility is that neurons pertaining to one cell assembly fire syn­ chronously. Then different cell assemblies firing at different rates may code different information.


attention brain cortex electroencephalography (EEG) information processing memory neurons

Editors and affiliations

  • Christo Pantev
    • 1
  • Thomas Elbert
    • 1
  • Bernd Lütkenhöner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Experimental AudiologyUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1307-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1309-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1307-4
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