Propagating neocortical gamma bursts are coordinated by traveling alpha waves

Ali Bahramisharif, Marcel A.J. van Gerven, Erik J. Aarnoutse, Manuel R. Mercier, Theodore H. Schwartz, John J. Foxe, Nick F. Ramsey, Ole Jensen

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Neocortical neuronal activity is characterized by complex spatiotemporal dynamics. Although slow oscillations have been shown to travel over space in terms of consistent phase advances, it is unknown how this phenomenon relates to neuronal activity in other frequency bands. We here present electrocorticographic data from three male and one female human subject and demonstrate that gamma power is phase locked to traveling alpha waves. Given that alpha activity has been proposed to coordinate neuronal processing reflected in the gamma band, we suggest that alpha waves are involved in coordinating neuronal processing in both space and time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18849-18854
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


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Bahramisharif, A., van Gerven, M. A. J., Aarnoutse, E. J., Mercier, M. R., Schwartz, T. H., Foxe, J. J., ... Jensen, O. (2013). Propagating neocortical gamma bursts are coordinated by traveling alpha waves. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(48), 18849-18854.