Mikhail Livanov

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The idea that the frequency components of the electroencephalogram have a specific function, and the application of mathematical analysis to the electric activity of the cerebral cortex, dates back to the Russian psychologist Mikhail Livanov, who organized a symposium in 1964 on "Mathematical Analysis of the Electrical Activity of the Brain" and eventually published "Prostranstvennaia Organizatsiia Protsessov Golovnogo Mozga/ Spatial Organization of Cerebral Processes" (1972). He speculated that the spatial distribution of these different frequencies through the cerebral cortex played an important role in our cognitive life. While studying rabbits, he observed that the electrical patterns in the motor and visual regions of the brain were synchronous when the rabbit was reacting to a visual stimulus, and concluded that functional correlation between two brain regions manifests itself in the synchrony between the corresponding brain waves.

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