Sacha J. van Albada

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Parkinsonism leads to various electrophysiological changes in the basal ganglia-thalamocortical system (BGTCS), often including elevated discharge rates of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the output nuclei, and reduced activity of the globus pallidus external (GPe) segment. These rate changes have been explained qualitatively in terms of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate age trends, sex differences, and splitting of alpha peaks of the EEG spectrum in the healthy population. METHODS An automated multi-site algorithm was used to parametrize the alpha rhythm in 1498 healthy subjects aged 6-86 years. Alpha peaks identified from multiple electrode sites were organized into clusters of similar(More)
Variable contributions of state and trait to the electroencephalographic (EEG) signal affect the stability over time of EEG measures, quite apart from other experimental uncertainties. The extent of intraindividual and interindividual variability is an important factor in determining the statistical, and hence possibly clinical significance of observed(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examines developmental and aging trends in auditory evoked potentials (AEPs) by applying two analysis methods to a large database of healthy subjects. METHODS AEPs and reaction times were recorded from 1498 healthy subjects aged 6-86 years using an auditory oddball paradigm. AEPs were analyzed using a recently published deconvolution(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate age-associated changes in physiologically-based EEG spectral parameters in the healthy population. METHODS Eyes-closed EEG spectra of 1498 healthy subjects aged 6-86 years were fitted to a mean-field model of thalamocortical dynamics in a cross-sectional study. Parameters were synaptodendritic rates, cortical wave decay rates,(More)
Many variables in the social, physical, and biosciences, including neuroscience, are non-normally distributed. To improve the statistical properties of such data, or to allow parametric testing, logarithmic or logit transformations are often used. Box-Cox transformations or ad hoc methods are sometimes used for parameters for which no transformation is(More)
Neuronal correlates of Parkinson's disease (PD) include a shift to lower frequencies in the electroencephalogram (EEG) and enhanced synchronized oscillations at 3-7 and 7-30 Hz in the basal ganglia, thalamus, and cortex. This study describes the dynamics of a recent physiologically based mean-field model of the basal ganglia-thalamocortical system, and(More)
As computational neuroscience matures, many simulation environments are available that are useful for neuronal network modeling. However, methods for successfully documenting models for publication and for exchanging models and model components among these projects are still under development. Here we briefly review existing software and applications for(More)
The basal ganglia play a crucial role in the execution of movements, as demonstrated by the severe motor deficits that accompany Parkinson's disease (PD). Since motor commands originate in the cortex, an important question is how the basal ganglia influence cortical information flow, and how this influence becomes pathological in PD. To explore this, we(More)
Figure 1: Left: Semi-transparent rendering of Macaque brain areas using order independent transparency. Right: Textual annotations show anatomical area designators. Both, the color of each area and the width of the corresponding annotation's link are used to depict average neural activity. Interactive selection of a brain area (green box) brings up the(More)