Generator sites of spontaneous MEG activity during sleep

Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol. 1992 Mar;82(3):182-96. doi: 10.1016/0013-4694(92)90166-f.


We have recorded spontaneous magnetoencephalographic (MEG) activity during overnight natural sleep in 4 healthy adults with a 24-channel SQUID gradiometer, mainly over the sides of the head. All sleep stages were obtained. The MEG wave forms resembled the EEG phenomena recorded simultaneously from the scalp midline, but the electric and magnetic signals did not always coincide. The source locations of different signals were studied by using a current dipole model. The equivalent sources of magnetic transients, resembling and often coinciding with the electric vertex waves and K-complexes, as well as the transients during REM sleep, were concentrated within a volume of 4 x 4 x 3 cm3 in the inferior parietal lobe. For spindles and slow waves, no such focal generators were found.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetoencephalography*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sleep / physiology*