Traveling” Brain Waves May Be Critical for Cognition

July 3rd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

The elec­trical oscil­la­tions we call brain waves have intrigued scien­tists and the public for more than a century. But their function—and even whether they have one, rather than just reflecting brain activity like an engine’s hum—is still debated. Many neuro­sci­en­tists have assumed that if brain waves do anything, it is by oscil­lating in synchrony in different loca­tions. Yet a growing body of research suggests many brain waves are actu­ally “trav­eling waves” that phys­i­cally move through the brain like waves on the sea.

Read full article: Scien­tific Amer­ican, ““Trav­eling” Brain Waves May Be Crit­ical for Cogni­tion”