EEG coherence has structure in the millimeter domain

Bullock, T.H. and McClune, M. and Achimowicz, J. and V.J., Iragui-Madoz and R.B., Duckrow and S.S., Spencer (1995) EEG coherence has structure in the millimeter domain. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Subdural recordings from 8 patients via rows of eight electrodes with either 5 or 10 mm spacing plus depth recordings from 3 patients with rows of 8-12 electrodes either 6.5 or 9 mm center-to-center were searched for signs of significant local differentiation of coherence calculated between all possible pairs of loci. EEG samples of 2-4 min were taken during four states: alertness, stage 2-3 sleep, light surgical anesthesia permitting the patient to respond to questions or commands, and electrical seizures. Coherence was computed for all frequencies from 1-50 Hz or 0.3-100 Hz and then compared for 6 or 7 narrower bands between 2 and 70 Hz. In both the subdural surface samples and those from temporal lobe depth electrode arrays coherence declines with distance between electrodes of the pair, on the average. This is nearly the same for all frequency bands. Whether computed for 5, 20 or 60 s epochs, coherence pooled across all pairs of a given separation, in a given subject, differs only slightly, in the direction of lower coherence for longer samples, indicating good stationarity of the samples chosen. For middle bands like 8-13 and 13-20 Hz, mean coherence typically declines most steeply in the first 10 mm, from values indistinguishable from 1.0 at <0.5 mm distance to 0.5 at 5-10 mm and to 0.25 in another 10-20 mm in the subdural surface data. Temporal lobe depth estimates decline ca. half as fast; coherence 0.5 extends for 9-20 mm and 0.25 for another 20-35 mm. Low frequency bands (1-5, 5-8 Hz) usually fall slightly more slowly than high frequency bands (20-35, 35-50 Hz) but the difference is small and variance large. The steepness of decline with distance in humans is significantly but only slightly smaller than that we reported earlier for the rabbit and rat, averaging < one half. Local coherence, for individual pairs of loci, shows differentiation in the millimeter range, i.e. nearest neighbor pairs may be locally well above or below average and this is sustained over minutes. Local highs and lows tend to be similar for widely different frequency bands. Coherence varies quite independently of power, although they are sometimes correlated. Regional differentiation is statistically significant in average coherence among pairs of loci on temporal vs frontal cortex or lateral frontal vs subfrontal strips in the same patient, but such differences are usually small. We could not test how consistent they are over hours or between patients. Differences between left and right hemispheres, whether symmetrical pairs or pooled from two or more lobes on each side, can be quite large; in our patients the right side is usually higher, especially in the waking state. Brain state has a large influence. Slow wave sleep usually shows slightly more coherence at each distance, in all bands, compared to the waking EEG, but not consistently. Coherence at a given distance or its rate of decline with distance is a more direct measure of synchrony than naked-eye "synchronization," which is dominated by the power spectrum. Among the range of EEG states classified as seizures, coherence varies widely but averages higher by 0.05-0.2 than in pre-ictal states, usually in all frequencies when computed over the whole seizure but much more in the higher bands during the height of the electrical paroxysm. The findings point to still finer structure and more variance with closer spacing of electrodes. They could not predict the known large scale coherence between scalp electrodes, but are not in conflict with them. Scalp recording blurs the finer spatial structure, but reveals macrostructure missed by subdural and depth recording with limited numbers of channels. The strong tendency for correlated fluctuations across frequency bands is contrary to expectation from the common model of independent oscillators.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Sleep; Seizure; Depth recording; Hippocampus; Cooperativity
Subjects:Neuroscience > Brain Imaging
Neuroscience > Neural Modelling
Neuroscience > Neurology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
ID Code:133
Deposited By:Bullock, Theodore Holmes
Deposited On:31 Jan 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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