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Bosman, Conrado A.; Schoffelen, Jan-Mathijs; Brunet, Nicolas; Oostenveld, Robert; Bastos, Andre M.; Womelsdorf, Thilo; Rubehn, Birthe; Stieglitz, Thomas; De Weerd, Peter; Fries, Pascal (2012)
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Neuroscience(all), Article
A central motif in neuronal networks is convergence, linking several input neurons to one target neuron. In visual cortex, convergence renders target neurons responsive to complex stimuli. Yet, convergence typically sends multiple stimuli to a target, and the behaviorally relevant stimulus must be selected. We used two stimuli, activating separate electrocorticographic V1 sites, and both activating an electrocorticographic V4 site equally strongly. When one of those stimuli activated one V1 site, it gamma-synchronized (60–80 Hz) to V4. When the two stimuli activated two V1 sites, primarily the relevant one gamma-synchronized to V4. Frequency bands of gamma activities showed substantial overlap containing the band of inter-areal coherence. The relevant V1 site had its gamma peak frequency 2–3 Hz higher than the irrelevant V1 site, and 4–6 Hz higher than V4. Gamma-mediated inter-areal influences were predominantly directed from V1 to V4. We propose that selective synchronization renders relevant input effective, thereby modulating effective connectivity.

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