Gamma Rhythms and Communication

  • Christoph Börgers
Part of the Texts in Applied Mathematics book series (TAM, volume 66)


During a PING oscillation, the pyramidal cells are subject to inhibition of oscillating strength. Inputs to the pyramidal cells should be more effective at times when inhibition is weak than when it is strong. Pascal Fries [56] has suggested that the brain may make use of this fact, making neuronal communication more or less effective by shifting the phase differences between rhythmic senders and oscillating receivers. This hypothesis, called the communication through coherence (CTC) hypothesis, has attracted considerable interest in the neuroscience literature.


Pyramidal Cell Input Pulse Primary Input Gamma Oscillation Network Oscillation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Börgers
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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