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Effect of amplitude correlations on coherence in the local field potential

Srinath, Ramanujan and Ray, Supratim (2014) Effect of amplitude correlations on coherence in the local field potential. In: JOURNAL OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 112 (4). pp. 741-751.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1152/jn.00851.2013


Neural activity across the brain shows both spatial and temporal correlations at multiple scales, and understanding these correlations is a key step toward understanding cortical processing. Correlation in the local field potential (LFP) recorded from two brain areas is often characterized by computing the coherence, which is generally taken to reflect the degree of phase consistency across trials between two sites. Coherence, however, depends on two factors-phase consistency as well as amplitude covariation across trials-but the spatial structure of amplitude correlations across sites and its contribution to coherence are not well characterized. We recorded LFP from an array of microelectrodes chronically implanted in the primary visual cortex of monkeys and studied correlations in amplitude across electrodes as a function of interelectrode distance. We found that amplitude correlations showed a similar trend as coherence as a function of frequency and interelectrode distance. Importantly, even when phases were completely randomized between two electrodes, amplitude correlations introduced significant coherence. To quantify the contributions of phase consistency and amplitude correlations to coherence, we simulated pairs of sinusoids with varying phase consistency and amplitude correlations. These simulations confirmed that amplitude correlations can significantly bias coherence measurements, resulting in either over-or underestimation of true phase coherence. Our results highlight the importance of accounting for the correlations in amplitude while using coherence to study phase relationships across sites and frequencies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC, 9650 ROCKVILLE PIKE, BETHESDA, MD 20814 USA
Keywords: amplitude correlations; coherence; local field potential
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Neuroscience
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2014 05:50
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2014 05:50
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49931

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