Journal article

Functional Bimodality in the Brain Networks of Preterm and Term Human Newborns

Amir Omidvarnia, Peter Fransson, Marjo Metsaranta, Sampsa Vanhatalo

CEREBRAL CORTEX | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

The spontaneous brain activity exhibits long-range spatial correlations detected using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals in newborns when (1) long neuronal pathways are still developing, and (2) the electrical brain activity consists of developmentally unique, intermittent events believed to guide activity-dependent brain wiring. We studied this spontaneous electrical brain activity using multichannel electroencephalography (EEG) of premature and fullterm babies during sleep to assess the development of spatial integration during last months of gestation. Correlations of frequency-specific amplitudes were found to follow a robust bimodality: During low amplitudes (low mode..

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