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Quantifying Functional Links between Brain and Heartbeat Dynamics in the Multifractal Domain: a Preliminary Analysis

Abstract : Quantification of brain-heart interplay (BHI) has mainly been performed in the time and frequency domains. However, such functional interactions are likely to involve nonlinear dynamics associated with the two systems. To this extent, in this preliminary study we investigate the functional coupling between multifractal properties of Electroencephalography (EEG) and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) series using a channel- and time scale-wise maximal information coefficient analysis. Experimental results were gathered from 24 healthy volunteers undergoing a resting state and a cold-pressure test, and suggest that significant changes between the two experimental conditions might be associated with nonlinear quantifiers of the multifractal spectrum. Particularly, major brain-heart functional coupling was associated with the secondorder cumulant of the multifractal spectrum. We conclude that a functional nonlinear relationship between brain- and heartbeat-related multifractal sprectra exist, with higher values associated with the resting state.
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Vincenzo Catrambone, Herwig Wendt, Riccardo Barbieri, Patrice Abry, Gaetano Valenza. Quantifying Functional Links between Brain and Heartbeat Dynamics in the Multifractal Domain: a Preliminary Analysis. 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC 2020), Jul 2020, Montréal (via the EMBS Virtual Academy), Canada. pp.561-564, ⟨10.1109/EMBC44109.2020.9175859⟩. ⟨hal-03034083⟩

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