Saccades phase-locked to alpha oscillations in the occipital and medial temporal lobe enhance memory encoding

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Noachtar, Soheyl ; Doeller, Christian ; Jensen, Ole ; Hartl, Elisabeth ; Staudigl, Tobias (2017)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1101/158758
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    mesheuropmc: eye diseases | genetic structures

Efficient sampling of visual information requires a coordination of eye movements and ongoing brain oscillations. Using intracranial and MEG recordings, we show that saccades are locked to the phase of visual alpha oscillations, and that this coordination supports mnemonic encoding of visual scenes. Furthermore, parahippocampal and retrosplenial cortex involvement in this coordination reflects effective vision-to-memory mapping, highlighting the importance of neural oscillations for the interaction between visual and memory domains.
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