Statistical probability mapping reveals high-frequency magnetoencephalographic activity in supplementary motor area during self-paced finger movements

Jochen Kaiser, Werner Lutzenberger, Hubert Preissl, Dirk Mosshammer, Niels Birbaumer

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Abstract

Investigations of both haemodynamic and electroencephalographic measures of brain activity have demonstrated supplementary motor area (SMA) involvement in self-paced finger movements. In contrast, analysis of magnetoencephalographic (MEG) signals in the time domain has usually failed to detect SMA activity in healthy individuals. We investigated oscillatory MEG activity in 12 normal adults during (a) a self-paced, complex sequence of finger movements and (b) a simple finger opposition task paced externally by tactile stimuli presented to the contralateral thumb. Statistical probability mapping revealed enhanced non-phase-locked spectral amplitudes in the 22-28 Hz range over bilateral frontal cortex during self-paced as compared to externally cued finger movements. This activity may reflect recruitment of cell assemblies in SMA during self-paced, complex movements. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume283
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 31 2000

Keywords

  • Finger movements
  • Human subjects
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Oscillatory activity
  • Self-paced
  • Statistical probability mapping
  • Supplementary motor area

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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