Dynamic Coordination in the Brain

From Neurons to Mind

A fundamental shift is occurring in neuroscience and related disciplines. In the past, researchers focused on functional specialization of the brain, discovering complex processing strategies based on convergence and divergence in slowly adapting anatomical architectures. Yet for the brain to cope with ever-changing and unpredictable circumstances, it needs strategies with richer interactive short-term dynamics. Recent research has revealed ways in which the brain effectively coordinates widely distributed and specialized activities to meet the needs of the moment. This book explores these findings, examining the functions, mechanisms, and manifestations of distributed dynamical coordination in the brain and mind across different species and levels of organization. The book identifies three basic functions of dynamic coordination: contextual disambiguation, dynamic grouping, and dynamic routing. It considers the role of dynamic coordination in temporally structured activity and explores these issues at different levels, from synaptic and local circuit mechanisms to macroscopic system dynamics, emphasizing their importance for cognition, behavior, and psychopathology.

Contributors: Evan Balaban, György Buzsáki, Nicola S. Clayton, Maurizio Corbetta, Robert Desimone, Kamran Diba, Shimon Edelman, Andreas K. Engel, Yves Fregnac, Pascal Fries, Karl Friston, Ann Graybiel, Sten Grillner, Uri Grodzinski, John-Dylan Haynes, Laurent Itti, Erich D. Jarvis, Jon H. Kaas, J.A. Scott Kelso, Peter König, Nancy J. Kopell, Ilona Kovács, Andreas Kreiter, Anders Lansner, Gilles Laurent, Jörg Lücke, Mikael Lundqvist, Angus MacDonald, Kevan Martin, Mayank Mehta, Lucia Melloni, Earl K. Miller, Bita Moghaddam, Hannah Monyer, Edvard I. Moser, May-Britt Moser, Danko Nikolic, William A. Phillips, Gordon Pipa, Constantin Rothkopf, Terrence J. Sejnowski, Steven M. Silverstein, Wolf Singer, Catherine Tallon-Baudry, Roger D. Traub, Jochen Triesch, Peter Uhlhaas, Christoph von der Malsburg, Thomas Weisswange, Miles Whittington, Matthew Wilson

Table of Contents

  1. The Ernst Strüngmann
  2. List of Contributors
  3. Preface
  4. 1. Dynamic Coordination in Brain and Mind
  5. 2. Cortical Circuits: Consistency and Variability across Cortical Areas and Species
  6. 3. Sequence Coding and Learning
  7. 4. What Can Studies of Comparative Cognition Teach Us about the Evolution of Dynamic Coordination?
  8. 5. Evolution of Dynamic Coordination
  9. 6. Modeling Coordination in the Neocortex at the Microcircuit and Global Network Level
  10. 7. Oscillation-supported Information Processing and Transfer at the Hippocampus-Entorhinal-Neocortical Interface
  11. 8. What Are the Local Circuit Design Features Concerned with Coordinating Rhythms?
  12. 9. Coordination in Circuits
  13. 10. Coordination: What It Is and Why We Need It
  14. 11. Neocortical Rhythms: An Overview
  15. 12. Stimulus-driven Coordination of Cortical Cell Assemblies and Propagation of Gestalt Belief in V1
  16. 13. Coordination in Brain Systems
  17. 14. "Hot Spots" and Dynamic Coordination in Gestalt Perception
  18. 15. Coordination in Sensory Integration
  19. 16. Neural Coordination and Human Cognition
  20. 17. Coordination in Sensory Integration
  21. 18. Coordination in Behavior and Cognition
  22. Bibliography
  23. Subject Index