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Reliability of static and dynamic network metrics in the resting-state: a MEG-beamformed connectivity analysis

Dimitriadis, Stavros ORCID:, Routley, Bethany, Linden, David ORCID: and Singh, Krish ORCID: 2018. Reliability of static and dynamic network metrics in the resting-state: a MEG-beamformed connectivity analysis. Frontiers in Neuroscience 12 , 506. 10.3389/fnins.2018.00506

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The resting activity of the brain can be described by so-called intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs), which consist of spatially and temporally distributed, but functionally connected, nodes. The coordinated activity of the resting state can be explored via magnetoencephalography (MEG) by studying frequency-dependent functional brain networks at the source level. Although many algorithms for the analysis of brain connectivity have been proposed, the reliability of network metrics derived from both static and dynamic functional connectivity is still unknown. This is a particular problem for studies of associations between ICN metrics and personality variables or other traits, and for studies of differences between patient and control groups, which both depend critically on the reliability of the metrics used. A detailed investigation of the reliability of metrics derived from resting-state MEG repeat scans is therefore a prerequisite for the development of connectomic biomarkers. Here, we first estimated both static (SFC) and dynamic functional connectivity (DFC) after beamforming source reconstruction using the imaginary part of the phase locking index (iPLV) and the correlation of the amplitude envelope (CorEnv). Using our approach, functional network microstates (FCμstates) were derived from the DFC and chronnectomics were computed from the evolution of FCμstates across experimental time. In both temporal scales, the reliability of network metrics (SFC), the FCμstates and the related chronnectomics were evaluated for every frequency band. Chronnectomic parameters and FCμstates were generally more reliable than node-wise static network metrics. CorEnv-based network metrics were more reproducible at the static approach. This analysis encourages the analysis of MEG resting-state via DFC.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)
Publisher: Frontiers Media
ISSN: 1662-4548
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 July 2018
Date of Acceptance: 4 July 2018
Last Modified: 11 May 2023 05:48

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