Linear Mixed-Effects Modeling Approach to FMRI Group Analysis.

Scientific and Statistical Computing Core, NIMH/NIH/HHS, USA. Electronic address: .
NeuroImage (Impact Factor: 6.36). 01/2013; 73. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.01.047
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Conventional group analysis is usually performed with Student-type t-test, regression, or standard AN(C)OVA in which the variance-covariance matrix is presumed to have a simple structure. Some correction approaches are adopted when assumptions about the covariance structure is violated. However, as experiments are designed with different degrees of sophistication, these traditional methods can become cumbersome, or even be unable to handle the situation at hand. For example, most current FMRI software packages have difficulty analyzing the following scenarios at group level: (1) taking within-subject variability into account when there are effect estimates from multiple runs or sessions; (2) continuous explanatory variables (covariates) modeling in the presence of a within-subject (repeated measures) factor, multiple subject-grouping (between-subjects) factors, or the mixture of both; (3) subject-specific adjustments in covariate modeling; (4) group analysis with estimation of hemodynamic response (HDR) function by multiple basis functions; (5) various cases of missing data in longitudinal studies; and (6) group studies involving family members or twins.

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    • "Linear mixed-effects (LME) models with time as a fixed factor and a random intercept to account for missing data were used to investigate changes in time as a function of recovery. Voxel-wise LMEs were performed using the AFNI program 3dLME (Chen et al. 2013). Two-tailed independent samples t-tests were used to characterize cross-sectional differences against HA. "
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    • "Linear mixed-effects (LME) models with time as a fixed factor were used to investigate changes in time as a function of recovery. The AFNI program 3dLME was used to perform voxel-wise analyses on FA data [Chen et al., 2013]. For ROI analyses, three LME models (corpus callosum, left hemisphere, right hemisphere) were performed with time, ROI, and the interaction between time and ROI as fixed effects. "
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    • "Further development of FATCAT will include approaches for utilizing along-tract statistics in characterizing individuals' white matter properties. Also, in order to be able to account for missing data in group tables, future versions will utilize linear mixed effects (LME) modeling using AFNI's 3dLME [Chen et al. 2013]. It is also expected that, as has already happened since the initial FATCAT release, further analysis tools will be developed in response to users' requests. "
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