Electroencephalographic fractal dimension in healthy ageing and Alzheimer's disease

Fenne Margreeth Smits, Camillo Porcaro, Carlo Cottone, Andrea Cancelli, Paolo Maria Rossini, Franca Tecchio

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Brain activity is complex; a reflection of its structural and functional organization. Among other measures of complexity, the fractal dimension is emerging as being sensitive to neuronal damage secondary to neurological and psychiatric diseases. Here, we calculated Higuchi's fractal dimension (HFD) in resting-state eyes-closed electroencephalography (EEG) recordings from 41 healthy controls (age: 20-89 years) and 67 Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patients (age: 50-88 years), to investigate whether HFD is sensitive to brain activity changes typical in healthy aging and in AD. Additionally, we considered whether AD-accelerating effects of the copper fraction not bound to ceruloplasmin (also called "free" copper) are reflected in HFD fluctuations. The HFD measure showed an inverted U-shaped relationship with age in healthy people (R2=.575, p

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0149587
JournalPLoS One
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016

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Electroencephalographic fractal dimension in healthy ageing and Alzheimer's disease. / Smits, Fenne Margreeth; Porcaro, Camillo; Cottone, Carlo; Cancelli, Andrea; Rossini, Paolo Maria; Tecchio, Franca.

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Smits, Fenne Margreeth ; Porcaro, Camillo ; Cottone, Carlo ; Cancelli, Andrea ; Rossini, Paolo Maria ; Tecchio, Franca. / Electroencephalographic fractal dimension in healthy ageing and Alzheimer's disease. In: PLoS One. 2016 ; Vol. 11, No. 2.
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