Tuesday, February 28 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm
Georgia Tech, EBB 1005
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Role of Electrophysiological Oscillations in Health and Disease

Nicole Swann, University of California San Francisco

Abstract:
Converging work suggests that oscillatory patterns in electrophysiological data are fundamental motifs in brain networks, which may underlie between-region communication. Abnormalities in these oscillations may result in pathology. In this talk I will describe my work using a combination of invasive (electrocorticography, ECoG, and local field potentials, LFPs) and noninvasive (electroencephalography, EEG) human electrophysiology to describe oscillatory activity in the motor system. The talk will cover putative mechanisms by which these oscillations may drive behavior (specifically response control), and how they may be awry in diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. I will also discuss potential use of these oscillations as feedback signals for neuroprosthetics. This work addresses fundamental principles about the role of oscillatory patterns in the motor network, themes that likely extend to other brain networks that underlie diverse behaviors/functions.