Magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain signals are studied using a method for characterizing complex nonlinear dynamics. This approach uses the value of [d_\infty] (d-infinite) to characterize the system’s asymptotic chaotic behavior. A novel procedure has been developed to extract this parameter from time series when the system’s structure and laws are unknown. The implementation of the algorithm was proven to be general and computationally efficient. The information characterized by this parameter is furthermore independent and complementary to the signal power since it considers signals normalized with respect to their amplitude. The algorithm implemented here is applied to whole-head 148 channel MEG data during two highly structured yogic breathing meditation techniques. Results are presented for the spatiotemporal distributions of the calculated [d_\infty] on the MEG channels, and they are compared for the different phases of the yogic protocol. The algorithm was applied to six MEG data sets recorded over a three-month period. This provides the opportunity of verifying the consistency of unique spatio-temporal features found in specific protocol phases and the chance to investigate the potential long term effects of these yogic techniques. Differences among the spatio-temporal patterns related to each phase were found, and they were independent of the power spatio-temporal distributions that are based on conventional analysis. This approach also provides an opportunity to compare both methods and possibly gain complementary information.
|Titolo:||Complex spatio-temporal features in MEG data|
|Autori interni:||BUCOLO, MAIDE ANGELA RITA|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Rivista:||MATHEMATICAL BIOSCIENCES AND ENGINEERING|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|