Hypotheses relating to the function of the claustrum

@article{Smythies2012HypothesesRT,
  title={Hypotheses relating to the function of the claustrum},
  author={John Smythies and Lawrence Edelstein and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran},
  journal={Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience},
  year={2012},
  volume={6}
}
This paper presents a new hypothesis as to the function of the claustrum. Our basic premise is that the claustrum functions as a detector and integrator of synchrony in the axonal trains in its afferent inputs. In the first place an unexpected stimulus sets up a processed signal to the sensory cortex that initiates a focus of synchronized gamma oscillations therein. This focus may then interact with a general alerting signal conveyed from the reticular formation via cholinergic mechanisms, and… 
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