The cholinergic system, EEG and sleep

  title={The cholinergic system, EEG and sleep},
  author={B. Platt and G. Riedel},
  journal={Behavioural Brain Research},
  • B. Platt, G. Riedel
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine
  • Behavioural Brain Research
  • Acetylcholine is a potent excitatory neurotransmitter, crucial for cognition and the control of alertness and arousal. Vigilance-specific recordings of the electroencephalogram (EEG) potently reflect thalamo-cortical and brainstem-cortical cholinergic activity that drives theta rhythms and task-specific cortical (de-synchronisation. Additionally, cholinergic projections from the basal forebrain act as a relay centre for the brainstem-cortical arousal system, but also directly modulate cortical… CONTINUE READING
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