Functional (Dys-)Connectivity

In addition to clinically relevant differences in BOLD amplitude, differences in connectivity can be observed in patients with mental disorders, which could be explained by dysfunctional processing. In the TNM-lab functional connectivity, as indication of successful information flow between brain regions, is considered a relevant marker of dysfunctional processing. For example, a dysfunctional fronto-temporal connectivity could explain dysfunctions in patients with schizophrenia for the processing of gestures in an abstract sentence context (Straube et al., 2014).

Another clinically relevant example suggests that a dysfunctional coupling between anterior cingulate cortex and the amygdala is related to non-response in a cognitive behavioral therapy (Lueken et al., 2013).

Lueken, U., Straube, B., Konrad, C., Wittchen, H.-U., Ströhle, A., Wittmann, A., … Kircher, T. (2013). Neural Substrates of Treatment Response to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170(11), 1345–55.

Straube, B., Green, A., Sass, K., & Kircher, T. (2014). Superior Temporal Sulcus Disconnectivity During Processing of Metaphoric Gestures in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(4), 936–944.

Straube, B., Wroblewski, A., Jansen, A., & He, Y. (2018). The connectivity signature of co-speech gesture integration: The superior temporal sulcus modulates connectivity between areas related to visual gesture and auditory speech processing. NeuroImage, 181(2018), 539–549.

Bitsch, F., Berger, P., Nagels, A., Falkenberg, I., & Straube, B. (2018). Impaired right temporo-parietal junction – hippocampus connectivity in schizophrenia and its relevance for representing other minds. Schizophrenia Bulletin