For several decades, a number of methods have been developed for the noninvasive assessment of the level of consciousness during general anesthesia. In this paper, detrended fluctuation analysis is used to study the scaling behavior of the electroencephalogram as a measure of the level of consciousness. Three indexes are proposed in order to characterize… (More)
Entropy measurement can discriminate among complex systems, including deterministic, stochastic and composite systems. We evaluated the changes of approximate entropy (ApEn) in signals of the electroencephalogram (EEG) during sleep. EEG signals were recorded from eight healthy volunteers during nightly sleep. We estimated the values of ApEn in EEG signals… (More)
Action potentials resulting from periodic stimulation of nerve axons occur at intervals that are irregular at moderate stimulation frequencies. Histograms of the intervals are multimodal, as seen in stochastic resonance. At higher stimulation frequencies, the action potentials are suppressed entirely, leaving only subthreshold dynamics. Return maps… (More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE The breath-to-breath variability of respiratory parameters changes with sleep stage. This study investigates any alteration in the approximate entropy (ApEn) of respiratory movement as a gauge of complexity in respiration, by stage of consciousness, in the light of putative brain interactions. PARTICIPANTS Eight healthy men, who were… (More)
This paper describes the motivation and design of an introductory computational course for natural, physical, and social scientists.
The approximate entropy (ApEn) of signals in the electroencephalogram (EEG) was evaluated in 8 healthy volunteers and in 10 patients with absence epilepsy, both during seizure-free and seizure intervals. We estimated the nonlinearity of each 3-sec EEG segment using surrogate data methods. The mean (+/- SD) ApEn in EEG was 0.83 +/- 0.22 in healthy subjects… (More)
Dynamical control of excitable biological systems is often complicated by the difficult and unreliable task of pre-control identification of unstable periodic orbits (UPOs). Here we show that, for both chaotic and nonchaotic systems, UPOs can be located, and their dynamics characterized, during control. Tracking of system nonstationarities emerges naturally… (More)
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