Dynamic network interactions among distinct brain rhythms as a hallmark of physiologic state and function

Aijing Lin, Kang K. L. Liu, Ronny P. Bartsch, Plamen Ch. Ivanov
2020 Communications Biology  
Brain rhythms are associated with a range of physiologic states, and thus, studies have traditionally focused on neuronal origin, temporal dynamics and fundamental role of individual brain rhythms, and more recently on specific pair-wise interactions. Here, we aim to understand integrated physiologic function as an emergent phenomenon of dynamic network interactions among brain rhythms. We hypothesize that brain rhythms continuously coordinate their activations to facilitate physiologic states
more » ... nd functions. We analyze healthy subjects during sleep, and we demonstrate the presence of stable interaction patterns among brain rhythms. Probing transient modulations in brain wave activation, we discover three classes of interaction patterns that form an ensemble representative for each sleep stage, indicating an association of each state with a specific network of brain-rhythm communications. The observations are universal across subjects and identify networks of brain-rhythm interactions as a hallmark of physiologic state and function, providing new insights on neurophysiological regulation with broad clinical implications.
doi:10.1038/s42003-020-0878-4 pmid:32341420 fatcat:owp32rodyzbull5wxkjjn7aedi