Brain Connectivity and Graph Theory Analysis in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease: The Contribution of Electrophysiological Techniques

Francesca Miraglia, Fabrizio Vecchio, Chiara Pappalettera, Lorenzo Nucci, Maria Cotelli, Elda Judica, Florinda Ferreri, Paolo Maria Rossini
2022 Brain Sciences  
In recent years, applications of the network science to electrophysiological data have increased as electrophysiological techniques are not only relatively low cost, largely available on the territory and non-invasive, but also potential tools for large population screening. One of the emergent methods for the study of functional connectivity in electrophysiological recordings is graph theory: it allows to describe the brain through a mathematic model, the graph, and provides a simple
more » ... tion of a complex system. As Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are associated with synaptic disruptions and changes in the strength of functional connectivity, they can be well described by functional connectivity analysis computed via graph theory. The aim of the present review is to provide an overview of the most recent applications of the graph theory to electrophysiological data in the two by far most frequent neurodegenerative disorders, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
doi:10.3390/brainsci12030402 pmid:35326358 pmcid:PMC8946843 fatcat:dxh4dqkrijei3hjgsqaqpywi6a