There is increasing evidence and much discussion about the role of synchronized oscillations in fostering communication in neural networks.  The flip side is that anti-synchronization (i.e., out of phase) should decrease or prevent neural communication.  Stetson and Andersen find evidence for this between the parietal cortex and premotor cortex. During movement planning these areas oscillate at similar frequencies but out of phase of one another.  This suggests decreased communication between them.

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The Miller Lab uses experimental and theoretical approaches to study the neural basis of the high-level cognitive functions that underlie complex goal-directed behavior.