Thou Shalt Not Smooth!

This is a very short post for those dabbling in the dark arts of network neuroscience. Everyone else, read this or this, they’re probably more fun anyway.

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[Figure from Eur. J. Neurosci, doi: 10.1111/ejn.13717]

Q: When building ROI-level functional brain networks from fMRI data, should I apply spatial smoothing to the voxel time series?

A: No you should not, what were you thinking? See above; it messes up your degrees and links non-uniformly, and in general has weird effects. In any case, you already average your voxel time series to get your ROIs, which is brutal enough. For more, see our recent (open-access) paper in the European Journal of Neuroscience, with @TuomasAlakorkko and @eglerean and @hpsaarimaki and Onerva Korhonen.

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