Post-movement beta rebound is generated in motor cortex: evidence from neuromagnetic recordings

Neuroimage. 2006 Sep;32(3):1281-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.06.005. Epub 2006 Jul 25.


Voluntary movements are accompanied by amplitude changes in cortical rhythms presumably as a result of functional activation of sensorimotor areas. Recently, the location of the neural generators involved in increasing power within the beta (15-30 Hz) frequency band following movement (post-movement beta rebound, PMBR) has come into question [Parkes, L.M, Bastiaansen, M.C.M, Norris, D.G., 2006. Combining EEG and fMRI to investigate the post-movement beta rebound. NeuroImage 29, 685-696.]. We used the synthetic aperture magnetometry (SAM) spatial filtering method to identify the time course and location of oscillatory changes within the beta and mu (8-14 Hz) frequency bands during the performance of voluntary movements. Neuromagnetic activity was recorded from 10 adult subjects during abduction of the right index finger. Changes in beta and mu source power were calculated for periods during and following movement, relative to pre-movement baseline activity. Decreases in beta band activity (event-related desynchronization, ERD) were observed during movement, with a strong increase (PMBR) beginning 230+/-170 ms following movement, lasting for 680+/-170 ms. Mu band ERD was observed both during and following movement, with little to no post-movement rebound. Beta and mu ERD were localized bilaterally to the hand region of postcentral gyrus whereas PMBR was localized bilaterally to the hand region of precentral gyrus (motor cortex). Both PMBR and beta ERD were strongest contralateral to the side of movement. These results provide further evidence that movement influences independent cortical rhythms in sensorimotor areas, and confirm previous reports of precentral generators of PMBR in the region of motor cortex, with postcentral generators of beta and mu ERD during movement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Beta Rhythm
  • Female
  • Fingers / physiology
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Magnetoencephalography*
  • Male
  • Motor Cortex / physiology*
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Somatosensory Cortex / physiology