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Large-scale brain dynamics in disorders of consciousness.

Title Large-scale brain dynamics in disorders of consciousness.
Publication Type Journal Article
Year of Publication 2014
Authors Schiff, Nicholas D. , Nauvel Tanya , and Victor Jonathan D.
Journal Curr Opin Neurobiol
Volume 25C
Pagination 7-14
Date Published 2014 Apr
ISSN 1873-6882

Brain injury profoundly affects global brain dynamics, and these changes are manifest in the electroencephalogram (EEG). Despite the heterogeneity of injury mechanisms and the modularity of brain function, there is a commonality of dynamical features that characterize the EEG along the gamut from coma to recovery. After severest injury, EEG activity is concentrated below 1Hz. In minimally conscious state during wakefulness, there is a peak of activity in the 3-7Hz range, often coherent across the brain, and often also activity in the beta (15-30Hz) range. These spectral changes likely result from varying degrees of functional deafferentation at thalamic and cortical levels. EEG-based indices of brain dynamics that go beyond these simple spectral measures may provide further diagnostic information and physiologic insights.

Alternate Journal Curr. Opin. Neurobiol.
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Grant List R01 HD051912 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States

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