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Ambiguities in the source reconstruction of magnetoencephalographic (MEG) measurements can cause spurious correlations between estimated source time-courses. In this paper, we propose a symmetric orthogonalisation method to correct for these artificial correlations between a set of multiple regions of interest (ROIs). This process enables the straightforward application of network modelling methods, including partial correlation or multivariate autoregressive modelling, to infer connectomes, or functional networks, from the corrected ROIs. Here, we apply the correction to simulated MEG recordings of simple networks and to a resting-state dataset collected from eight subjects, before computing the partial correlations between power envelopes of the corrected ROItime-courses. We show accurate reconstruction of our simulated networks, and in the analysis of real MEGresting-state connectivity, we find dense bilateral connections within the motor and visual networks, together with longer-range direct fronto-parietal connections.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.03.071

Type

Journal

Neuroimage

Publication Date

15/08/2015

Volume

117

Pages

439 - 448

Keywords

Computer Simulation, Connectome, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Humans, Magnetoencephalography, Nerve Net, Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted