[Comp-neuro] oscillations can be useful

Neil Burgess ucganlb at ucl.ac.uk
Wed Jul 23 13:10:59 CEST 2008

One area where oscillations seem to provide useful information is the
hippocampal theta rhythm,

against which the phase of firing of place cells1 and grid cells2 indicate
the distance travelled

by a rat through the firing field(s) of the cell. 

It seems likely that this phenomenon, and the regular repeated spatial
firing pattern of grid cells,

results from the interference of oscillatory influences on these cells'
membrane potentials1345.


Best wishes,




1. O'Keefe and Recce 1993 Hippocampus 3, 317-30

2. Hafting et al 2008 Nature 453, 1248-52.

3. Lengyel et al 2003 Hippocampus 13, 700-14.

4. Burgess et al 2007 Hippocampus 17, 801-12.

5. Giocomo et al 2007 Science 315, 1719-22.



Neil Burgess

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience 

University College London

n.burgess at ucl.ac.uk

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