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EEG: brainwave generation, questions

Ron Blue rcb1 at LEX.LCCC.EDU
Mon Feb 5 09:30:23 EST 1996

> How the brain generates these waves and what purpose they serve is 
> still a mystery, like many aspects of brain functioning.  (These waves 
> have been known since the early part of the 20th century, when the EEG 
> was first developed.)
> I believe that when Sir John Eccles was at Oxford he observed the 
> related phenomenon of sychronization of neural firing between 
> different parts of the cortex.  After something like 40ms 
> following presentation of a visual stimulus, neurons which are 
> quite far apart would suddenly become synchronized.  This seemed 
> impossible to Eccles, based on what was then known about the 
> architecture of the brain and how neurons worked.  He mentioned this 
> to his physicist friends, and started a competition among scientists 
> which continues to this day to see who can come up with the most 
> bizzare theory of how neurons work.  <g>
Naturally, I like my model.  Ron Blue

   The following is available by FTP:
   Note: this is Unix system which is case sensitive.
   login: anonymous
   password: (your email address)
   cd Chaos-Complexity
   get BlueBlue-OpponentProcessing.txt

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