Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience

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Slow Oscillations and Epilepsy: Network Models

  • Alain DestexheEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7320-6_19-1


Network models are very useful tools to investigate the genesis of oscillatory behavior such as epileptic seizures. During many types of seizures, the brain produces oscillatory spike-and-wave discharges, which are particularly prominent for absence seizures. It was found that the thalamocortical mechanisms leading to spindle oscillations and their large-scale synchrony can explain spike-and-wave oscillations, if the excitability of the cerebral cortex is augmented. These pathological oscillations can be reproduced by network models involving the reciprocal interaction between thalamus and cortex.

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Many types of epileptic seizures display very synchronized oscillations producing a typical electroencephalogram (EEG) pattern consisting of one or several sharp deflections (“spikes”) followed by a surface-positive “wave.” Spike-and-wave patterns of similar characteristics are also seen in a number of experimental models in cats, rats, mice, and...

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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNICCNRSGif-sur-YvetteFrance