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To assess the spatial extent and temporal behavior of rolandic rhythms we recorded neuromagnetic signals from four healthy subjects with a 24-channel magnetometer. The subjects performed self-paced thumb movements or the motions were triggered by electrical stimulation of the median nerve at the wrist. The main frequency components of the magnetic mu rhythm(More)
The mammalian cerebral cortex generates a variety of rhythmic oscillations, detectable directly from the cortex or the scalp. Recent non-invasive recordings from intact humans, by means of neuromagnetometers with large sensor arrays, have shown that several regions of the healthy human cortex have their own intrinsic rhythms, typically 8-40 Hz in frequency,(More)
The monkey premotor cortex contains neurons that discharge during action execution and during observation of actions made by others. Transcranial magnetic stimulation experiments suggest that a similar observation/execution matching system also is present in humans. We recorded neuromagnetic oscillatory activity of the human precentral cortex from 10(More)
Understanding another person's experience draws on "mirroring systems," brain circuitries shared by the subject's own actions/feelings and by similar states observed in others. Lately, also the experience of pain has been shown to activate partly the same brain areas in the subjects' own and in the observer's brain. Recent studies show remarkable overlap(More)
We recorded whole scalp magnetoencephalographic (MEG) signals simultaneously with the surface electromyogram from upper and lower limb muscles of six healthy right-handed adults during voluntary isometric contraction. The 15- to 33-Hz MEG signals, originating from the anterior bank of the central sulcus, i.e., the primary motor cortex, were coherent with(More)
Activation in or near the fusiform gyrus was estimated to faces and control stimuli. Activation peaked at 165 ms and was strongest to digitized photographs of human faces, regardless of whether they were presented in color or grayscale, suggesting that face- and color-specific areas are functionally separate. Schematic sketche evoked approximately 30% less(More)
Multichannel neuromagnetic recordings were used to differentiate signals from the human first (SI) and second (SII) somatosensory cortices and to define representations of body surface in them. The responses from contralateral SI, peaking at 20-40 ms, arose mainly from area 3b, where representations of the leg, hand, fingers, lips and tongue agreed with(More)
Multiple synaptic interconnections in the human brain support concerted rhythmic activity of a large number of cortical neurons, typically close to 10 and 20 Hz. Our present neuromagnetic data provide evidence for distinct functional roles of these spectral components in the somatomotor cortex. The sites of suppression during movement and the subsequent(More)
The cerebral representation of language, deduced from observing patients with brain lesions and from stimulations and recordings performed during brain surgery, has been further clarified by recent positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging measurements. We now expand this static view into the dynamics of cortical activation(More)