A1 Journal article (refereed)
Distinct Patterns of Functional Connectivity During the Comprehension of Natural, Narrative Speech (2020)

Zhu, Y., Liu, J., Ristaniemi, T., & Cong, F. (2020). Distinct Patterns of Functional Connectivity During the Comprehension of Natural, Narrative Speech. International Journal of Neural Systems, 30(3), Article 2050007. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0129065720500070

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All authors or editorsZhu, Yongjie; Liu, Jia; Ristaniemi, Tapani; Cong, Fengyu

Journal or seriesInternational Journal of Neural Systems



Publication year2020


Issue number3

Article number2050007

PublisherWorld Scientific

Publication countrySingapore

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68144


Recent continuous task studies, such as narrative speech comprehension, show that fluctuations in brain functional connectivity (FC) are altered and enhanced compared to the resting state. Here, we characterized the fluctuations in FC during comprehension of speech and time-reversed speech conditions. The correlations of Hilbert envelope of source-level EEG data were used to quantify FC between spatially separate brain regions. A symmetric multivariate leakage correction was applied to address the signal leakage issue before calculating FC. The dynamic FC was estimated based on a sliding time window. Then, principal component analysis (PCA) was performed on individually concatenated and temporally concatenated FC matrices to identify FC patterns. We observed that the mode of FC induced by speech comprehension can be characterized with a single principal component. The condition-specific FC demonstrated decreased correlations between frontal and parietal brain regions and increased correlations between frontal and temporal brain regions. The fluctuations of the condition-specific FC characterized by a shorter time demonstrated that dynamic FC also exhibited condition specificity over time. The FC is dynamically reorganized and FC dynamic pattern varies along a single mode of variation during speech comprehension. The proposed analysis framework seems valuable for studying the reorganization of brain networks during continuous task experiments.

Keywordslistening comprehensionspeech (phenomena)EEG

Free keywordsreorganization; functional connectivity; natural paradigms; naturalistic speech; speech comprehension

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Reporting Year2020

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