Partial synchronization in empirical brain networks as a model for unihemispheric sleep

Lukas Ramlow, Jakub Sawicki, Anna Zakharova, Jaroslav Hlinka, Jens Christian Claussen, Eckehard Schöll

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Abstract

We analyze partial synchronization patterns in a network of FitzHugh-Nagumo oscillators with empirical structural connectivity measured in healthy human subjects. We report a dynamical asymmetry between the hemispheres, induced by the natural structural asymmetry. We show that the dynamical asymmetry can be enhanced by introducing the inter-hemispheric coupling strength as a control parameter for partial synchronization patterns. We discuss a minimum model elucidating the modalities of unihemispheric sleep in human brain, where one hemisphere sleeps while the other remains awake. In fact, this state is common among migratory birds and mammals like aquatic species.
Original languageEnglish
Article number50007
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Volume126
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2019

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