Coexisting forms of coupling and Phase-Transitions in physiological networks

Ronny P. Bartsch, Plamen Ch Ivanov

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Utilizing methods from nonlinear dynamics and a network approach we investigate the interactions between physiologic organ systems. We demonstrate that these systems can exhibit multiple forms of coupling that are independent from each other and act on different time scales. We also find that physiologic systems interaction is of transient nature with intermittent “on” and “off” periods, and that different forms of coupling can simultaneously coexist representing different aspects of physiologic regulation. We investigate the network of physiologic interactions between the brain, cardiac and respiratory systems across different sleep stages, well-defined physiologic states with distinct neuroautonomic regulation, and we uncover a strong relationship between network connectivity, patterns in network links strength and physiologic function. We show that physiologic networks exhibit pronounced phase transitions associated with reorganization in network structure and links strength in response to transitions across physiologic states.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems - 22nd International Conference, NDES 2014, Proceedings
EditorsValeri M. Mladenov, Plamen Ch. Ivanov
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319086712
StatePublished - 2014
Event22nd International Conference on Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems, NDES 2014 - Albena, Bulgaria
Duration: 4 Jul 20146 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference22nd International Conference on Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems, NDES 2014

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  • Cardio-respiratory coupling
  • Networks
  • Phase synchronization
  • Sleep


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