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Modulation of functional connectivity in cognition: role of the cerebellum and respiration

Talk by Detlef H. Heck, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

2019.10.09 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 26 Nov
Time 14:00 15:30
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312



Higher brain functions require the precise spatiotemporal coordination of neuronal activity across multiple brain structures. Neuronal oscillations have been strongly implicated in this coordination via a mechanism termed “communication through coherence”, i.e. by modulating the functional connectivity between structures via a modulation of phase coherence. Multiple studies have provided experimental evidence for task-dependent “modulation through coherence” linked to motor and cognitive functions. However, the mechanisms controlling the modulation of coherence remain unknown. I will present results from our research supporting a proposed role of respiration as a fundamental rhythm for brain-wide temporal coordination of slow neuronal activity and of a crucial role of the cerebellum in the task-dependent modulation of coherence at a millisecond time scale.

About the speaker


Detlef H. Heck, Professor

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Memphis, TN