April 14, 2021

Long range, high-gamma phase coherence in the human brain during overt and covert speech

Using intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG) in patients undergoing diagnostic workup for epilepsy, we show that during reading, phase coherent high-gamma activity emerges between spatially distant regions of proven involvement in vocalization. Using the novel metric of ‘phase-dependent power-causal correlations’, causal interactions were shown to be maximal at high-gamma frequencies, and displayed stronger correlations to power fluctuations near the optimal time delay, with this delay potentially accounted for by axonal conduction. We conclude that high-gamma activity may represents propagated, directed, large-scale integration between task related regions of the human brain.

 bioRxiv Subject Collection: Neuroscience

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