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Section B

Network-Level Adaptation

Modern recording techniques enable the simultaneous recording of spike trains from multiple single neurons of monkeys involved in a complex behavioral task. Thus, we can now ask the question whether cooperative phenomena in the cortical network can be identified by observing the dynamics of correlations between two or more simultaneously recorded neurons. Similarly the interaction between different cortical areas can be observed in simultaneous recordings from two or more areas (cf. section C). This endeavor requires the joint effort of advanced experimental methodology, advanced statistical data analysis tools, and stochastic modeling for the calibration of tools and the test of simple hypotheses. The Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Göttingen provides the competence to address all these issues.