Predictive control of electrophysiological network architecture using direct, single-node neurostimulation in humans

Ankit N. Khambhati, Ari E. Kahn, Julia Costantini, Youssef Ezzyat, Ethan A. Solomon, Robert E. Gross, Barbara C. Jobst, Sameer A. Sheth, Kareem A. Zaghloul, Gregory Worrell, Sarah Seger, Bradley C. Lega, Shennan Weiss, Michael R. Sperling, Richard Gorniak, Sandhitsu R. Das, Joel M. Stein, Daniel S. Rizzuto, Michael J. Kahana, Timothy H. LucasKathryn A. Davis, Joseph I. Tracy, Danielle S. Bassett

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Chronically implantable neurostimulation devices are becoming a clinically viable option for treating patients with neurological disease and psychiatric disorders. Neurostimulation offers the ability to probe and manipulate distributed networks of interacting brain areas in dysfunctional circuits. Here, we use tools from network control theory to examine the dynamic reconfiguration of functionally interacting neuronal ensembles during targeted neurostimulation of cortical and subcortical brain structures. By integrating multi-modal intracranial recordings and diffusion tensor imaging from patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, we test hypothesized structural and functional rules that predict altered patterns of synchronized local field potentials. We demonstrate the ability to predictably reconfigure functional interactions depending on stimulation strength and location. Stimulation of areas with structurally weak connections largely modulates the functional hubness of downstream areas and concurrently propels the brain towards more difficult-to-reach dynamical states. By using focal perturbations to bridge large-scale structure, function, and markers of behavior, our findings suggest that stimulation may be tuned to influence different scales of network interactions driving cognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Mar 31 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Predictive control of electrophysiological network architecture using direct, single-node neurostimulation in humans'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this