Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Pulvermüller: Brain's language

Homogeneous neural networks cannot provide complex cognitive functions


Alexey M. Ivanitsky a1 and Andrey R. Nikolaev a1
a1 Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 117865, Russia alivanit@aha.ru nikolaev@aha.ru www.psi.med.ru

Abstract

Within the Hebbian paradigm the mechanism for integrating cell assemblies oscillating with different frequencies remains unclear. We hypothesize that such an integration may occur in cortical “interaction foci” that unite synchronously oscillated assemblies through hard-wired connections, synthesizing the information from various functional systems of the brain.