Investigating the spectral features of the brain meso-scale structure at rest

Riccardo Iandolo, Marianna Semprini, Diego Sona, Dante Mantini, Laura Avanzino, Michela Chiappalone

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Recent studies provide novel insights into the meso-scale organization of the brain, highlighting the co-occurrence of different structures: classic assortative (modular), disassortative, and core-periphery. However, the spectral properties of the brain meso-scale remain mostly unexplored. To fill this knowledge gap, we investigated how the meso-scale structure is organized across the frequency domain. We analyzed the resting state activity of healthy participants with source-localized high-density electroencephalography signals. Then, we inferred the community structure using weighted stochastic block-model (WSBM) to capture the landscape of meso-scale structures across the frequency domain. We found that different meso-scale modalities co-exist and are diversely organized over the frequency spectrum. Specifically, we found a core-periphery structure dominance, but we also highlighted a selective increase of disassortativity in the low frequency bands (<8 Hz), and of assortativity in the high frequency band (30–50 Hz). We further described other features of the meso-scale organization by identifying those brain regions which, at the same time, (a) exhibited the highest degree of assortativity, disassortativity, and core-peripheriness (i.e., participation) and (b) were consistently assigned to the same community, irrespective from the granularity imposed by WSBM (i.e., granularity-invariance). In conclusion, we observed that the brain spontaneous activity shows frequency-specific meso-scale organization, which may support spatially distributed and local information processing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Brain Mapping
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • community detection
  • frequency-specificity
  • meso-scale
  • network neuroscience
  • resting state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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