Feature selectivity of the gamma-band of the local field potential in primate primary visual cortexFeature selectivity of the gamma-band of the local field potential in primate primary visual cortex
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
Frontiers in human neuroscience
2(2008):2, p. 199-207
Extracellular voltage fluctuations (local field potentials, LFPs) reflecting neural mass action are ubiquitous across species and brain regions. Numerous studies have characterized the properties of LFP signals in the cortex to study sensory and motor computations as well as cognitive processes like attention, perception and memory. In addition, its extracranial counterpart the electroencephalogram is widely used in clinical applications. However, the link between LFP signals and the underlying activity of local populations of neurons remains largely elusive. Here, we review recent work elucidating the relationship between spiking activity of local neural populations and LFP signals. We focus on oscillations in the gamma-band (3090 Hz) of the LFP in the primary visual cortex (V1) of the macaque that dominate during visual stimulation. Given that in area V1 much is known about the properties of single neurons and the cortical architecture, it provides an excellent opportunity to study the mechanisms underlying the generation of the LFP.