A Computational Model on Affects of Subcortical Oscillations During Working Memory

Celikok U., Şengör N. S.

23nd Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference (SIU), Malatya, Turkey, 16 - 19 May 2015, pp.1853-1856 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Malatya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1853-1856
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


During working memory tasks, modulation of different frequency band oscillations has been observed; however, a full explanation of this phenomenon is still needed. Background oscillations coming from subcortical structures drive a gating-like mechanism for working memory computations or states. It is also known that different frequency bands are associated with different computations carried out by working memory: the storage of new information correlates positively with oscillations in the beta-gamma band, theta-band oscillations are directly linked to maintenance of information while ignoring irrelevant stimulations, and clearance of memory is associated with alpha-band oscillations. We propose a computational framework for the cerebral cortex that connects individual oscillatory bands to different working memory processes.