Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Statistical mechanics of neocortical interactions: EEG eigenfunctions of short-term memory

Lester Ingber  1 a1
a1 Lester Ingber Research, P.O. Box 06440, Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606


This commentary focuses on how bottom-up neocortical models can be developed into eigenfunction expansions of probability distributions appropriate to describe short-term memory in the context of scalp EEG. The mathematics of eigenfunctions are similar to the top-down eigenfunctions developed by Nunez, despite different physical manifestations. The bottom-up eigenfunctions are at the local mesocolumnar scale, whereas the top-down eigenfunctions are at the global regional scale. Our respective approaches have regions of substantial overlap, and future studies may expand top-down eigenfunctions into the bottom-up eigenfunctions, yielding a model of scalp EEG expressed in terms of columnar states of neocortical processing of attention and short-term memory.


1 The author is also affiliated with DRW Investments LLC, 311 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606