- Detection of task-related synchronous firing patterns (2009)
- Poster presentation: Background To test the importance of synchronous neuronal firing for information processing in the brain, one has to investigate if synchronous firing strength is correlated to the experimental subjects. This requires a tool that can compare the strength of the synchronous firing across different conditions, while at the same time it should correct for other features of neuronal firing such as spike rate modulation or the auto-structure of the spike trains that might co-occur with synchronous firing. Here we present the bi- and multivariate extension of previously developed method NeuroXidence [1,2], which allows for comparing the amount of synchronous firing between different conditions. ...
- Performance-dependent changes in monkey prefrontal cortex during short-term memory (2008)
- Conclusion Scale Integration Based on the results of spike-field coherence, the underlying process of shortterm memory seems to involve networks of different sizes within and, most probably, beyond prefrontal cortex. Spikes, which were generated by single neurons, cooperate with local field potentials, which were the slower fluctuations of the environment. Although differences among behavioral conditions appear to be based on rather few instances of phase-locked spikes, the task-related effects on spike-field coherence are highly reliable and cannot be explained by chance, as the comparison of results from experimental and simulated data shows. The differential locking of prefrontal neuron populations with two different frequency bands in their input signals suggests that neuronal activity underlying short-term memory in prefrontal cortex transiently engages cortical circuits on different spatial scales, probably in order to coordinate distributed processes. NeuroXidence method and Synchronizedfiring Based on the results of the calibration datasets, for bi- and multi-variate cases, the extension of NeuroXidence remains its sensitivity and reliability of detecting coordinate firing events for different processes. Based on this extension of NeuroXidence, we demonstrated that in monkey’s prefrontal cortex during short-term memory task, encoding and maintenance of the information rely on the formation of neuronal assemblies characterized by precise and reliable synchronization of spiking activity on a millisecond time scale, which is consistent with the results from spike-spike coherence. The task and performance dependent modulation of synchrony reflects the dynamic formation of group of neurons has large effect on short-term-memory.
- How specific is synchronous neuronal firing? : Poster presentation (2007)
- Background Synchronous neuronal firing has been discussed as a potential neuronal code. For testing first, if synchronous firing exists, second if it is modulated by the behaviour, and third if it is not by chance, a large set of tools has been developed. However, to test whether synchronous neuronal firing is really involved in information processing one needs a direct comparison of the amount of synchronous firing for different factors like experimental or behavioural conditions. To this end we present an extended version of a previously published method NeuroXidence , which tests, based on a bi- and multivariate test design, whether the amount of synchronous firing above the chance level is different for different factors.