Journal of Computational Neuroscience

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 459–473 | Cite as

Extracting functional components of neural dynamics with Independent Component Analysis and inverse Current Source Density

  • Szymon ŁęskiEmail author
  • Ewa Kublik
  • Daniel A. Świejkowski
  • Andrzej Wróbel
  • Daniel K. Wójcik


Local field potentials have good temporal resolution but are blurred due to the slow spatial decay of the electric field. For simultaneous recordings on regular grids one can reconstruct efficiently the current sources (CSD) using the inverse Current Source Density method (iCSD). It is possible to decompose the resultant spatiotemporal information about the current dynamics into functional components using Independent Component Analysis (ICA). We show on test data modeling recordings of evoked potentials on a grid of 4×5×7 points that meaningful results are obtained with spatial ICA decomposition of reconstructed CSD. The components obtained through decomposition of CSD are better defined and allow easier physiological interpretation than the results of similar analysis of corresponding evoked potentials in the thalamus. We show that spatiotemporal ICA decompositions can perform better for certain types of sources but it does not seem to be the case for the experimental data studied. Having found the appropriate approach to decomposing neural dynamics into functional components we use the technique to study the somatosensory evoked potentials recorded on a grid spanning a large part of the forebrain. We discuss two example components associated with the first waves of activation of the somatosensory thalamus. We show that the proposed method brings up new, more detailed information on the time and spatial location of specific activity conveyed through various parts of the somatosensory thalamus in the rat.


Local field potentials (LFP) Inverse Current Source Density (iCSD) Independent Component Analysis (ICA) Somatosensory evoked potentials (EP) Thalamic processing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Szymon Łęski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ewa Kublik
    • 1
  • Daniel A. Świejkowski
    • 1
  • Andrzej Wróbel
    • 1
  • Daniel K. Wójcik
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurophysiologyNencki Institute of Experimental BiologyWarsawPoland

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