Anticipatory control of long-range phase synchronization

Joachim Gross, Frank Schmitz, Irmtraud Schnitzler, Klaus Kessler, Kimron Shapiro, Bernhard Hommel, Alfons Schnitzler

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Everyday human behaviour relies on our ability to predict outcomes on the basis of moment by moment information. Long-range neural phase synchronization has been hypothesized as a mechanism by which ‘predictions’ can exert an effect on the processing of incoming sensory events. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG) we have studied the relationship between the modulation of phase synchronization in a cerebral network of areas involved in visual target processing and the predictability of target occurrence. Our results reveal a striking increase in the modulation of phase synchronization associated with an increased probability of target occurrence. These observations are consistent with the hypothesis that long-range phase synchronization plays a critical functional role in humans' ability to effectively employ predictive heuristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2057-2060
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2006


  • human
  • magnetoencephalography
  • networks
  • synchronization
  • visual attention
  • working memory


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