Extrapolating meaning from local field potential recordings

Amber L.Harris Bozer, Megan L. Uhelski, Ai Ling Li

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Local field potentials (LFP) reflect the spatially weighted low-frequency activity nearest to a recording electrode. LFP recording is a window to a wide range of cellular activities and has gained increasing attention over recent years. We here review major conceptual issues related to LFP with the goal of creating a resource for non-experts considering implementing LFP into their research.We discuss the cellular activity that constitutes the local field potential; recording techniques, including recommendations and limitations; approaches to analysis of LFP data (with focus on power-banded analyses); and finally we discuss reports of the successful use of LFP in clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-126
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Integrative Neuroscience
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • LFP
  • electrophysiology
  • extracellular
  • field potentials
  • local field potentials


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