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Rhythms of the Brain
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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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.
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
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