MEG Studies on the Connectivity of Brain Networks in Children

  • Blake W. JohnsonEmail author
  • Wei HeEmail author
Reference work entry


In recent years MEG has been well established as a method for investigating neuronal connectivity of human brain networks. In this chapter we consider the application of network MEG methods to the studies of the developing brain. We begin with an overview of methodological challenges of pediatric MEG, consider a key problem presented by the small and variable head geometries of children, and discuss methods and ancillary technologies that have aided our own research using a dedicated pediatric MEG scanner. We then turn to our MEG research on the development of neuronal oscillations, the resting-state network, and face processing, with a focus on functional connectivity and network analyses. We aim to provide an accessible introduction to, and motivating evidence for, using MEG to study normative and nonnormative brain development from a network perspective.


Child, Development+ Dynamic causal modeling (DCM) Face perception Graph theory M170 N170 Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Mock scanner MST Network Oscillations Pediatric Resting-state 


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  1. 1.Department of Cognitive ScienceMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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  • Julia M. Stephen
    • 1
  1. 1.The Mind Research NetworkAlbuquerqueUSA

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