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Brain Oscillations, Synchrony and Plasticity. Basic Principles and Application to Auditory-Related Disorders

  • Book

  • January 2021
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5146401

Brain Oscillations, Synchrony and Plasticity: Basic Principles and Application to Auditory-Related Disorders discusses the role of brain oscillations, especially with respect to the auditory system and how those oscillations are measured, change over the lifespan, and falter leading to a variety of psychiatric and neurological disorders. The book begins with a description of these cortical rhythm oscillations and how they function in both the normal and pathological brain. It explains how these oscillations are important to auditory, executive and attention brain networks and how they relate to the development, production and deterioration of speech and language.

In addition, treatment of malfunctioning cortical rhythms are reviewed using neuromodulation, such as transcranial magnetic, direct current, random noise, and alternating current stimulation, as well as focused ultrasound. The book concludes by describing the potential role of oscillations in dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Oscillations1. Brain rhythms, neural synchrony and networks in health and disease2. The gamma, beta and theta rhythms and nested oscillations3. The alpha and delta rhythms and their interaction with other brain rhythms4. Brain rhythms underlying perception and cognition

SECTION 2 Synchrony5. Neural spike-firing synchrony and population activity6. From oscillation synchrony to neural networks

SECTION 3 Plasticity7. Rhythms and networks in the hearing and deaf brain8. Neuromodulation of brain rhythms and connectivity9. Lifespan changes in brain rhythms and networks

SECTION 4 Disorders10. Brain rhythms and connectivity changes in tinnitus patients11. Developmental disorders: Dyslexia and Autism12. Schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's Disease


Jos J. Eggermont Emeritus Professor, Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. Dr. Jos J. Eggermont is an Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Psychology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Eggermont is one of the most renowned scientists in the field of the auditory system and his work has contributed substantially to the current knowledge about hearing loss. His research comprises most aspects of audition with an emphasis on the electrophysiology of the auditory system in experimental animals. He has published over 225 scientific articles, authored/edited 10 books, and contributed to over 100 book chapters all focusing on the auditory system.