A linear/nonlinear characterization of resting state brain networks in fMRI time series

Eren Gultepe, Bin He

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Resting state functional connectivity studies in fMRI have been used to demonstrate that the human brain is organized into inherent functional networks in the absence of stimuli. The basis for this activity is based on the spontaneous fluctuations observed during rest. In the present study, the time series generated from these fluctuations were characterized as either being linear or nonlinear based on the Delay Vector Variance method, applied through an examination of the local predictability of the signal. It was found that the default mode resting state network is composed of relatively more linear signals compared to the visual, task positive visuospatial, motor, and auditory resting state network time series. Also, it was shown that the visual cortex resting state network is more nonlinear relative to these aforementioned networks. Furthermore, using a histogram map of the nonlinearly characterized voxels for all the subjects, the histogram map was able to retrieve the peak intensity in four out of six resting state networks. Thus, the findings may provide the basis for a novel way to explore spontaneous fluctuations in the resting state brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalBrain Topography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This work was supported in part by NIH RO1 EB006433, RO1 EB007920, and NSF CBET-0933067.


  • Default mode
  • Functional connectivity
  • Nonlinear
  • Resting state network
  • Visual cortex
  • fMRI

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