Journal article

Importance of self-connections for brain connectivity and spectral connectomics

Xiao Gao, PA Robinson

Biological Cybernetics: communication and control in organisms and automata | Springer | Published : 2020

Abstract

Spectral analysis and neural field theory are used to investigate the role of local connections in brain connectivity matrices (CMs) that quantify connectivity between pairs of discretized brain regions. This work investigates how the common procedure of omitting such self-connections (i.e., the diagonal elements of CMs) in published studies of brain connectivity affects the properties of functional CMs (fCMs) and the mutually consistent effective CMs (eCMs) that correspond to them. It is shown that retention of self-connections in the fCM calculated from two-point activity covariances is essential for the fCM to be a true covariance matrix, to enable correct inference of the direct total eC..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Center of Excellence Grant


Awarded by Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence Grant CE140100007, the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship Grant FL1401000225, and a McKenzie Fellowship from The University of Melbourne.