Pediatric MEG: Investigating Spatio-Temporal Connectivity of Developing Networks

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Abstract

The extended development of the human brain provides a unique opportunity to study the maturation of cortical networks that subserve sensory and cognitive functions using noninvasive functional neuroimaging techniques. However, considerable challenges have limited the number of functional neuroimaging studies in children. MEG addresses a number of those limitations. MEG provides high temporal and spatial resolution to assess the development of dynamic cortical networks. The technique provides a secure, peaceful testing environment, requires minimal preparation of the child and offers technology to compensate for head movement during scans. We contrast MEG with other functional neuroimaging techniques and describe effective MEG paradigms for testing children. We present MEG as the technique of choice for testing the dynamics of healthy and disordered brain networks.

Keywords

Pediatric Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Cortical development Long-range connectivity Cortical oscillations Experimental design 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported in part by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (R21NS072729), the National Institute on Alcohol, Abuse and Alcoholism (P20AA017068), the National Center for Research Resources (5P20RR021938), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (8P20GM103472).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolCharlestownUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  3. 3.The Mind Research Network and Lovelace Biomedical and Environmental Research InstituteAlbuquerqueUSA

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