Do changes in coherence always reflect changes in functional coupling?

Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol. 1998 Jan;106(1):87-91. doi: 10.1016/s0013-4694(97)00105-3.


It is well known that the rhythmic activity within the alpha band in the central area may be composed of two different types of rhythms: (i) the Rolandic mu rhythm, representing the intrinsic activity of the sensorimotor area, and (ii) rhythmic activity believed to be generated within parieto-occipital areas and to extend into central regions through volume conduction (the 'classical alpha rhythm'). In this paper we clearly demonstrate that this second type of rhythmic activity is not due to volume conduction from parieto-occipital areas. We also demonstrate the significant impact of the coexistence of these two types of rhythms on the interpretation of interhemispheric coherence measurements.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alpha Rhythm*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Electromyography
  • Fingers / physiology
  • Humans
  • Movement / physiology
  • Volition