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About fcx-1

Information about fcx-1 (frontal cortex, number 1).


This data was recorded using silicon probe electrodes in the frontal cortices of male Long Evans rats between 4-7 months of age. The design was to have no specific behavior, task or stimulus, rather the animal was left alone in it’s home cage (which it lives in at all times). Data includes both local field potentials (LFP) and spikes. 11 total animals, 27 recording sessions, 1360 total units recorded, 1121 units considered stable, 995 putative excitatory units and 126 putative inhibitory units. Only recordings including a “WAKE-SLEEP” episode wherein at least 7 minutes of wake are followed by 20 minutes of sleep. On average 2 such WAKE-SLEEP episodes per recording session. The data is used in the following publication:

Network Homeostasis and State Dynamics of Neocortical Sleep. Watson BO, Levenstein D, Greene JP, Gelinas JN, Buzsáki G.; Neuron. 2016 Apr 27. pii: S0896-6273(16)30056-3. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.03.036

Of note, Table 1 and Supplementary Figure 1 contain histological and overview data as well as definitions of brain states used.

Format of the data.

Data are organized into folders. Each folder contains the data for one recording session (lasting between about 1 and 8 hours duration). Data are mostly in .mat matlab format, there are also .csv files and lfp data in binary files called either .eeg or .lfp. More information is given in the data description document, linked to at the bottom of this page. Total size of the data is about 83 GB (compressed)

How to download the data.

The data must be downloaded from:

A account is required.  This link allows bulk downloading of multiple files using the download script as described in the "Alternative download method" section on the download page.

Getting help using the data.

If you have questions about using the data, post them on the forum for using data sets.

How to cite the data

When using this dataset, please cite the two original publications (Watson et. al., 2016) as well as the dataset itself:

Watson BO, Levenstein D, Greene JP, Gelinas JN, Buzsáki G. (2016); Multi-unit spiking activity recorded from rat frontal cortex (brain regions mPFC, OFC, ACC, and M2) during wake-sleep episode wherein at least 7 minutes of wake are followed by 20 minutes of sleep.

The above citation uses a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which is assigned to the data set.  The DOI was created using DataCite ( and the California Digital Library, "EZID" system (

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