What binds it all together? Synchronized oscillatory activity in normal and pathological cognition

  • Wolf Singer


It is appropriate to begin with an epistemic caveat, that is motivated by neurobiological evidence. Our perceptions and imaginations as well as our abilities to reason are constrained by the cognitive abilities of our brains — and brains, like all other organs, are the product of an evolutionary process. Hence, our brains have become adapted to the conditions of the mesoscopic world in which life has evolved. It is the world within the scale of millimeters to meters, it is the world where the laws of classical physics are more or less applicable, it is not the world of quantum physics and it is not the world of astrophysics. As a consequence, our cognitive functions have become adjusted to assure survival in this mesoscopic world.


Cerebral Cortex Cortical Area Small World Network Oscillatory Activity Primary Auditory Cortex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolf Singer
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institute for Brain ResearchFrankfurt am MainGermany

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