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Neuronal oscillations at nearby sites in the brain often show phase relations that are consistent across time, yet diverse across space. We discuss recent demonstrations of this phase relation diversity, and show that, contrary to earlier beliefs, this diversity is a general property of oscillations that is neither restricted to low-frequency oscillations nor to periods outside of stimulus processing. Arguing for the computational relevance of phase relation diversity, we discuss that it can be modulated by sensory and motor events, and put forward the idea that phase relation diversity may support effective neuronal communication by (i) enhancing selectivity and (ii) allowing for the concurrent segregation of multiple information streams.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.tins.2015.12.004

Type

Journal article

Journal

Trends Neurosci

Publication Date

02/2016

Volume

39

Pages

86 - 99

Keywords

correlated neuronal activity, neuronal oscillations, phase relations, selective neuronal communication, travelling waves, Animals, Biological Clocks, Brain, Brain Waves, Humans, Neurons