Functional connectivity in auditory cortex using chronic, multichannel unit recordings
Chronic, multichannel recordings provide a method for reliable detection and determination of long-term dynamic functional connectivity. Using chronically implanted multichannel electrode arrays, we simultaneously recorded 30–70 units in guinea pig auditory cortex in daily recording sessions for implant durations of six months. We examined stimulus response properties and correlation strengths in neuron pairs in four animals. Preliminary results from these `snapshots’ of functional connectivity suggest sparse functional connections among widely distributed neurons. Some of these functional connections were found to persist for several days. These results provide a framework upon which further investigations of functional dynamic connectivity can be developed.
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