The brain produces dynamical rhythms at many frequencies that shift in amplitude and phase. To understand the functional consequences of mixtures of oscillations at the single cell level, we recorded the spike trains from single rat cortical neurons in vitro in response to two mixed sine wave currents. The reliability of spike timing was measured as a function of the relative power, phase and frequencies of the sine wave mixture. Peaks in the reliability were observed at a preferred phase difference, frequency and relative power. These results have a natural interpretation in terms of spike train attractors and bifurcations.
- Neural code
- Phase locking
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience