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Title: Bisensory stimulation increases gamma-responses over multiple cortical regions
Authors: Sakowitz, O. W.
Quiroga, R. Q.
Schürmann, M.
Başard, E
First Published: 21-Mar-2001
Citation: Cognitive Brain Research, 2001, 11 (2), pp. 267-279
Abstract: In the framework of the discussion about gamma (approx. 40 Hz) oscillations as information carriers in the brain, we investigated the relationship between gamma responses in the EEG and intersensory association. Auditory evoked potentials (AEPs) and visual evoked potentials (VEPs) were compared with bisensory evoked potentials (BEPs; simultaneous auditory and visual stimulation) in 15 subjects. Gamma responses in AEPs, VEPs and BEPs were assessed by means of wavelet decomposition. Overall maximum gamma-components post-stimulus were highest in BEPs (P<0.01). Bisensory evoked gamma-responses also showed significant central, parietal and occipital amplitude-increases (P<0.001, P<0.01, P<0.05, respectively; prestimulus interval as baseline). These were of greater magnitude when compared with the unisensory responses. As a correlate of the marked gamma responses to bimodal stimulation we suggest a process of ‘intersensory association’, i.e. one of the steps between sensory transmission and perception. Our data may be interpreted as a further example of function-related gamma responses in the EEG.
DOI Link: 10.1016/S0926-6410(00)00081-1
ISSN: 0926-6410
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Engineering

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