Recording and interpretation of cerebral magnetic fields

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Science  28 Apr 1989:
Vol. 244, Issue 4903, pp. 432-436
DOI: 10.1126/science.2655083


Contemporary brain research progresses along two main lines: the microlevel approach explores single neurons and subcellular elements, while macrolevel studies focus on more complex cerebral functions, including behavior. This review presents results obtained mainly in our laboratory by means of an intermediate method, magnetoencephalography (MEG), which reflects cortical activity of neuronal populations at the level fo cytoarchitectonic areas. Because it is completely noninvasive, MEG can be used to study brain functions that are characteristically human.

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