Decomposition of spontaneous brain activity into distinct fMRI co-activation patterns

Front Syst Neurosci. 2013 Dec 4;7:101. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2013.00101. eCollection 2013.


Recent fMRI studies have shown that analysis of the human brain's spontaneous activity may provide a powerful approach to reveal its functional organization. Dedicated methods have been proposed to investigate co-variation of signals from different brain regions, with the goal of revealing neuronal networks (NNs) that may serve specialized functions. However, these analysis methods generally do not take into account a potential non-stationary (variable) interaction between brain regions, and as a result have limited effectiveness. To address this, we propose a novel analysis method that uses clustering analysis to sort and selectively average fMRI activity time frames to produce a set of co-activation patterns. Compared to the established networks extracted with conventional analysis methods, these co-activation patterns demonstrate novel network features with apparent relevance to the brain's functional organization.

Keywords: clustering; dynamic connectivity; network dynamics; non-stationary connectivity; resting-state network.