The relationship between structural and functional connectivity: graph theoretical analysis of an EEG neural mass model

S.C. Ponten, A. Daffertshofer, A. Hillebrand, C.J. Stam

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We investigated the relationship between structural network properties and both synchronization strength and functional characteristics in a combined neural mass and graph theoretical model of the electroencephalogram (EEG). Thirty-two neural mass models (NMMs), each representing the lump activity of reasonably large groups of interacting excitatory and inhibitory neurons, were reciprocally and excitatory coupled using random rewiring as described by Watts and Strogatz. Numerical analysis of the network revealed an abrupt transition towards a synchronized state as a function of increasing coupling strength α.Synchronization increased with increasing degree and decreasing regularity of the network. Parameters of the functional network showed a diverse dependency on structural connectivity: normalized clustering coefficient γ and path length λ increased with increasingα. For sufficiently largeα, however, γ decreased with increasing rewiring probability p, while λ increased. Hence, a structured functional network exists despite the randomness of the underlying structural network. That is, patterns of functional connectivity are influenced by patterns of the corresponding structural level but do not necessarily agree with those. © 2009 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-994
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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