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Gyorgy Buzsaki
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23 Jun 2011 0199828237 978-0199828234 1
Studies of mechanisms in the brain that allow complicated things to happen in a coordinated fashion have produced some of the most spectacular discoveries in neuroscience. This book provides eloquent support for the idea that spontaneous neuron activity, far from being mere noise, is actually the source of our cognitive abilities. It takes a fresh look at the coevolution of structure and function in the mammalian brain, illustrating how self-emerged oscillatory timing is the brain's fundamental organizer of neuronal information. The small-world-like connectivity of the cerebral cortex allows for global computation on multiple spatial and temporal scales. The perpetual interactions among the multiple network oscillators keep cortical systems in a highly sensitive "metastable" state and provide energy-efficient synchronizing mechanisms via weak links.

In a sequence of "cycles," György Buzsáki guides the reader from the physics of oscillations through neuronal assembly organization to complex cognitive processing and memory storage. His clear, fluid writing-accessible to any reader with some scientific knowledge-is supplemented by extensive footnotes and references that make it just as gratifying and instructive a read for the specialist. The coherent view of a single author who has been at the forefront of research in this exciting field, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in our rapidly evolving understanding of the brain.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 1 edition (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199828237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199828234
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gyorgy Buzsaki's Rhythms of the Brain is an excellent compendium on the rapidly expanding research into the mechanisms and functions of neuronal synchronization. Buzsaki presents such synchronization as a binding glue that integrates many levels of neuroscientific investigation with one another and with neighboring disciplines...Buzsaki manages to elegantly integrate insights from physics, engineering, and cognitive psychology with contributions from cellular, systems, cognitive, and theoretical neuroscience."--Science"This is definitely an intriguing book that provides a comprehensive review of current knowledge on brain rhythms...this book is worth the time."--Doody's"In Rhythms of the Brain, Gyorgy Buzsaki does a remarkable job of summarizing a vast body of literature on the topic...The book is a 'must read' for anyone interested in understanding the functioning of large and complex brain circuits."--Nature"What makes this book so valuable is its range; Buzsaki has a worldly intellect, open to information from any discipline that provides insight, while insisting on a rigorous distinction between fact and baloney...Perhaps the greatest value of Rhythms of the Brain is that it provides a starting point for students and scientists who see the importance of this field and want to get a solid overview."--Nature Neuroscience"In this entertaining monograph the author addresses issues related to the genesis of brain rhythms and their contribution to the "invisible operations of the brain..".one of the most thought-provoking and fun books in neuroscience that I have read in some time."--Mathematical Reviews"Highly original exposition of a broad swathe of modern neuroscience. Indeed, it brings together so many apparently disparate strands, and levels on the reductionistic scale, that it deserves a must read score, especially for neuroscientists looking to get an up-to-date and challenging exposition of many of the big questions, eve

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György Buzsáki is a Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience at Rutgers University. His primary research interests are in brain oscillations, sleep and memory, and with more than 200 papers published on these topics, he is among the top 250 most-cited neuroscientists. Dr. Buzsáki is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and he sits on the editorial boards of several leading neuroscience journals.

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For laymen like me, have Wikipedia/other texts to hand. Why? Because, at least for me, stochastic, relaxation oscillators, Fourier transforms were quite a mystery and you need to have a vague notion to make sense of some early chapters.

However, the laymen that this book is aimed at are probably far more highly educated than me. That said, I'm near the end of this book and need to reread it again in the very near future.

In the weeks past when I read it, I find myself completely absorbed by the ideas that I DO understand from this text. The notion of oscillatory interaction creating an emergent property (memory, arousal, state change etc.) is a fascinating and compelling idea. This is a well-researched piece of work that I'm afraid I will have to re-review in a years' time, purely to get a complete understanding.

As an excellent conceptual text for computational neuroscience, this is brilliant and makes the idea of studying this realm appealing even though it's not the main idea of the book.

If you have a general notion of what the thalamus, cortex and brainstem do in general, that is sufficient to get the gist of his discussion here. The interaction of the various networks interacting and influencing each other is a vivid image. This lens if you like, can be used to view a wider field of humanity; for example, influence and persuasion, music and even rapport.

Music is rhythms and systemic melody-no matter what it is, if it has these properties, some people will enjoy it. Because it is likely to be mirroring and/or altering rhythms of oscillation in the brain.

Persuasive speeches have a rhythmic, entrancing quality, driving emotions and compelling our interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythms of the Brain - a tour de force 18 Oct 2008
Rhythms of the Brain
Professor Buzsáki has written an excellent, scholarly book on brain oscillations, his speciality. The work is dense but very readable and is all the better for being by a single author rather than an edited collection of review articles. Appropriately, the book is divided into 13 cycles rather than chapters and each cycle ends with a brief and useful summary. He combines ideas from the neurosciences with those from chaos theory and non-linear dynamics, pointing out in the introduction (p13) that "complexity can be formally defined as nonlinearity and from nonlinear equations, unexpected solutions emerge". Put simply complex behaviour of a dynamic system such as the brain cannot be predicted from the behaviour of individual neurones or small neuronal ensembles.

Professor Buzsáki promotes the view that the inside-our approach to neuroscience enhances our understanding of relatively unperturbed brain states because "self-generated behaviour and emergent large-scale oscillations tend to occur in the unperturbed brain". In the introductory cycle he argues that during exploration of the brain, experimental perturbation of network interactions and emergent functions will yield hints of causality. He then successfully adopts this approach for much of the rest of the book. In cycles 2 and 3 Professor Buzsáki discusses form and function, indicating that preferentially connected areas of the cortex form the basis of higher order cortical systems, e.g. for movement and/or vision. He points out that the diversity of cortical functions can only be achieved by inhibition and by complex networks of interneurones offering the basis for temporal coordination, often accomplished by oscillations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Importance of Brain Waves 23 Dec 2007
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For the lay reader, Buzsaki presents a new view of the brain that concentrates on oscillations generated within the brain. This moves us on from the normal texbook emphasis on neurons and synapses. The oscillations are related to processes of self-organisation, and the amplifying or dampening of feedback loops. The book explains the balance achieved between the excitatory function of the pyramidal cells and the neurotransmitter glutamate and the inhibitory function of the interneurons and the neurotransmitter GABA. Sleep and circadian rhythms are also discussed.

The lack of much discussion of consciousness may come as a disappointment to some readers interested in this aspect of the mind, and is perhaps surprising given that many have viewed the 40Hz gamma oscillation as one of the clearest correlates of consciousness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for neuroscientist and not 20 Sep 2013
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This is an excellent book, very easy to read, written by one of the best researcher in the neuroscience field. Suggested to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Waves 17 May 2007
Dr Buszaki has spent a lifetime studying the oscillations in the brain, and this book shows his love of the science, and depth of knowledge.

It's not for the faint hearted (I haven't finished reading it all yet) but is surprisingly readable for such a deep topic.
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