DOI: 10.1101/500009Dec 19, 2018Paper

A computational approach for characterizing the structural basis of intrinsic coupling modes of the cerebral cortex

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Arnaud MesséClaus C Hilgetag

Abstract

Intrinsic coupling modes (ICMs) provide a framework for describing the interactions of ongoing brain activity at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Two types of ICMs can be distinguished, namely phase ICMs arising from phase coupling of band-limited oscillatory signals, and envelope ICMs corresponding to coupled slow fluctuations of signal envelopes. These coupling modes represent a widely used concept in modern cognitive neuroscience for probing the connectional organization of intact or damaged brains. However, the principles that shape ICMs remain elusive, in particular their relation to the underlying brain structure. Here we explored ICMs from ongoing activity of multiple cortical areas recorded from awake ferrets using chronically implanted electrocorticographic (ECoG) arrays. Additionally, we obtained different structural connectivity (SC) estimates for the regions underlying the ECoG arrays. Large-scale computational models were used to explore the ability to predict both types of ICMs. We found that simple computational models based on the SC topology already reproduce the functional coupling patterns reasonably well. Thus, the results demonstrate that patterns of cortical functional coupling as reflected in both ph...Continue Reading

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