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About pfc-6

Information about pfc-6 (prefrontal cortex, number 6).


This dataset contains neuronal ensemble recordings from the medial prefrontal cortex (mostly prelimbic cortex) of freely moving rats, using tetrodes. Data were collected while the animals learned a behavioral contingency task, as well as during sleep before and after the task.  Results from the experiments are described in:

Replay of rule-learning related neural patterns in the prefrontal cortex during sleep.  Adrien Peyrache, Mehdi Khamassi, Karim Benchenane, Sidney I Wiener, Francesco P Battaglia. Nature Neuroscience 12(7):919-26 (July 2009) doi: 10.1038/nn.2337

Format of the data.

Data are stored in tables which are in ascii files. Total size of the data is about 282 MB (compressed). Details about the data are in the document linked to at the bottom of this page.

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.

Conditions for using the data

If you publish any work using the data, please cite the publication above (Peyrache et al., 2009) and also cite the data set using the following:
Adrien Peyrache, Mehdi Khamassi, Karim Benchenane, Sidney I Wiener, Francesco Battaglia (2018); Activity of neurons in rat medial prefrontal cortex during learning and 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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