Oscillations as a window into neuronal mechanisms underlying dorsal anterior cingulate cortex function

Benjamin Voloh, Rachel Knoebl, Benjamin Y. Hayden, Jan Zimmermann

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The function of dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex (dACC) remains poorly understood. While many methods, spanning bottom-up and top-down approaches, have been deployed, the view they offer is often conflicting. Integrating bottom-up and top-down approaches requires an intermediary with sufficient explanatory power, theoretical development, and empirical support. Oscillations in the local field potential (LFP) provide such a link. LFP oscillations arise from empirically well-characterized neuronal circuit motifs. Synchronizing the firing of individual units has appealing properties to bind disparate brain regions and propagate information, including gating, routing, and coding. Moreover, the LFP, rather than single unit activity, more closely relates to macro-scale recordings, such as the electroencephalogram and functional magnetic resonance imaging. Thus, LFP oscillations are a critical link that allow for the inference of neuronal micro-circuitry underlying macroscopic brain recordings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWhat does Medial Frontal Cortex Signal During Behavior? Insights from Behavioral Neurophysiology
EditorsAdam T. Brockett, Adam T. Brockett, Linda M. Amarante, Mark Laubach, Matthew R. Roesch, Matthew R. Roesch
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780323853361
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Review of Neurobiology
ISSN (Print)0074-7742
ISSN (Electronic)2162-5514

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  • Coding
  • Control
  • EEG
  • Gating
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Oscillations
  • Routing
  • Synchrony
  • dACC
  • fMRI

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article


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