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Rhythms of the Brain

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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 co-evolution ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jun 22, 2008 Nate rated it liked it
How to categorize... too dense to read casually (at least more than a chapter at a time), yet flowing too heavily on ideas to work as a scientific reference or argument. It seems to be the only book that directly addresses what brain oscillations are and what we know or can guess about their importance, but tackles this so thoroughly that it overwhelms readers not already familiar with what brain oscillations are, and what their likely importance is. Many of the ideas are in fact profound, makin ...more
Brian Parris
Sep 23, 2012 Brian Parris rated it it was amazing
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Buzaki's understanding of the neural networks and the oscillations that bind them is incredibly comprehensive. He also has a talent unusual for an academic in such a technical and objective field; he expresses facts beautifully and with with vividly aesthetic analogies.
Taylor Ellwood
Mar 05, 2013 Taylor Ellwood rated it really liked it
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This book was a hard read. Thanks to reading a variety of other books on neuroscience, I was able to understand what the author was explaining, but I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who hasn't read any books on neuroscience. The author discusses oscillation theory and although he does his best to make the concept approachable, it still ends up being fairly esoteric in content because of the technical information he provides. It is a good book, and one I'd recommend. Just make sure you've ...more
Yates Buckley
Mar 20, 2017 Yates Buckley rated it it was amazing
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A Classic text from an eminent Neuroscientist. But take note that this is a difficult book, even for people that study in the field, the writing is dense, and the ideas presented often cross many pages, the scientific concepts are not simple, not local to a region, nor explained through simple mechanics. The brain is difficult, rhythms are complicated, the study of these together is a very particular dimension to observe and analyse but it is rough terrain.
I read this as a magical book, early on
Victor Alvarez
Apr 17, 2015 Victor Alvarez rated it really liked it
Too dense and hard for a first reading on neuroscience, yet so insightful and rigorously scientific. I would recommend it in its entirely for a person with a scientific background (which I have) and particularly in neurophysiology (which I didn't have). It gives a comprehensive review of the progress in brain oscillations and I absolutely enjoyed the insights, allegories and side remarks. From now on, I will think of the brain as a Buzsáki's beautifully and universally synchronised orchestra.
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