Document Type

Article

Date

2003

Embargo Period

11-2012

Keywords

Gamma oscillations, iEEG, Working memory, Brain mapping

Language

English

Disciplines

Neuroscience and Neurobiology | Psychology

Description/Abstract

Functional imaging of human cortex implicates a diverse network of brain regions supporting working memory—the capacity to hold and manipulate information for short periods of time. Although we are beginning to map out the brain networks supporting working memory, little is known about its physiological basis. We analyzed intracranial recordings from two epileptic patients as they performed a working memory task. Spectral analyses revealed that, in both patients, gamma (30-60 Hz) oscillations increased approximately linearly with memory load, tracking closely with memory load over the course of the trial. This constitutes the first evidence that gamma oscillations, widely implicated in perceptual processes, support the maintenance of multiple items in working memory.

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