Characterizing Oscillatory Cortical Networks with Granger Causality
Multivariate neural recordings are becoming commonplace. Statistical techniques such as Granger causality promise to reveal the patterns of neural interactions and their functional significance in these data. In this chapter, we start by reviewing the essential mathematical elements of Granger causality with special emphasis on its spectral representation. Practical issues concerning the estimation of such measures from time series data via autoregressive models are discussed. Simulation examples are used to illustrate the technique. Finally, we analyze local field potential recordings from the visual cortex of behaving monkeys to address the neuronal mechanisms of the alpha oscillation.
KeywordsGranger Causality Causal Power Local Field Potential Causal Influence Alpha Rhythm
This work was supported by NIH grants MH070498, MH079388, and MH060358.
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