Task-based functional connectivity of the Useful Field of View (UFOV) fMRI task

Geroscience. 2023 Feb;45(1):293-309. doi: 10.1007/s11357-022-00632-1. Epub 2022 Aug 11.


Declines in processing speed performance occur in aging and are a critical marker of functional independence in older adults. Numerous studies suggest that Useful Field of View (UFOV) training may ameliorate cognitive decline in older adults. Despite its efficacy, little is known about the neural correlates of this task. The current study is the first to investigate the coherence of functional connectivity during UFOV task completion. A total of 336 participants completed the UFOV task while undergoing task-based functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Ten spherical regions of interest (ROIs), selected a priori, were created based on regions with the greatest peak BOLD activation patterns in the UFOV fMRI task and regions that have been shown to significantly relate to UFOV fMRI task performance. We used a weighted ROI-to-ROI connectivity analysis to model task-specific functional connectivity strength between these a priori selected ROIs. We found that our UFOV fMRI network was functionally connected during task performance and was significantly associated to UFOV fMRI task performance. Within-network connectivity of the UFOV fMRI network showed comparable or better predictive power in accounting for UFOV accuracy compared to 7 resting state networks, delineated by Yeo and colleagues. Finally, we demonstrate that the within-network connectivity of UFOV fMRI task accounted for scores on a measure of "near transfer", the Double Decision task, better than the aforementioned resting state networks. Our data elucidate functional connectivity patterns of the UFOV fMRI task. This may assist in future targeted interventions that aim to improve synchronicity within the UFOV fMRI network.

Keywords: Cognitive aging; Functional connectivity; UFOV; Useful field of view.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / physiology
  • Cognitive Dysfunction*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging* / methods
  • Task Performance and Analysis