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Spatial Autocorrelation Function of the Noise. However, RFT clusterwise inference depends on two additional assumptions. The first assumption is that the spatial smoothness of the fMRI signal is constant over the brain, and the second assumption is that the spatial autocorrelation function has a specific shape a squared exponential To investigate the second assumption, the spatial autocorrelation function was estimated and averaged using 1, group difference maps.
For each group difference map and each distance 1—20 mmthe spatial autocorrelation was estimated and averaged along x, y, and z. The empirical spatial autocorrelation functions are given in SI Appendix, Fig. A reference squared exponential is also included for each software, based on an intrinsic smoothness of 9.
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The empirical spatial autocorrelation functions are clearly far from a squared exponential, having heavier tails. This may explain why the parametric methods work rather well for a high CDT resulting in small clusters, more reflective of local autocorrelation and not as well for a low CDT resulting in large clusters, reflecting distant autocorrelation.
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The nonparametric permutation test is valid for any spatial autocorrelation function and finds much more stringent cluster extent thresholds three to six times higher compared with SPM, To what extent have american history, and AFNI.
To better understand the origin of the heavy tails, the spatial autocorrelation was estimated at different preprocessing stages no preprocessing, after motion correction, after motion correction, and 6-mm smoothing using the subjects in the Beijing dataset.
The resulting spatial autocorrelation functions are given in SI Appendix, Fig. It is clear that the long tails exist in the raw data and become even more pronounced after the spatial smoothing. These long-tail spatial correlations also exist for MR phantoms 31 and can therefore be seen as scanner artifacts.
Spatial Distribution of False-Positive Clusters. These maps of voxelwise cluster frequency show the areas more and less likely to be marked as significant in a clusterwise analysis. Posterior cingulate was the most likely area to be covered by a cluster, whereas white matter was least likely. As this distribution could reflect variation in the local smoothness in the data, we used group residuals from 1, two-sample t tests to estimate voxelwise spatial smoothness 32 SI Appendix, Fig.
Notably, having local smoothness varying systematically with tissue type has also been observed for VBM data In short, this suggests that violation of the stationary smoothness assumption may also be contributing to the excess of false positives. In a follow-up analysis using the nonstationary toolbox for SPM fmri.
Use of nonstationary cluster size inference did not produce nominal FWE: This inconclusive performance can be attributed to additional assumptions and approximations introduced by the nonstationary cluster size test that can degrade its performance 33 All of the analyses to this point have been based on resting-state fMRI data, where the null hypothesis should be true.
We use four task datasets [rhyme judgment, mixed gambles 35living—nonliving decision with plain or mirror-reversed text, word and object processing 36 ] downloaded from OpenfMRI 7. S20summarizes these results, plotting the ratio of FWE-corrected P values, nonparametric to parametric, against cluster size.
Although this could be taken as evidence of a conservative nonparametric procedure, the extensive simulations showing valid nonparametric and invalid parametric cluster size inference instead suggest inflated biased significance in the parametric inferences.
These findings indicate that the problems exist also for task-based fMRI data, and not only for resting-state data. Permutation Test for One-Sample t Test. Although permutation tests have FWE within the expected bounds for all two-sample test results, for one-sample tests they can exhibit conservative or invalid behavior.
As shown in SI Appendix, Figs. The one-sample permutation FWE varies between site Beijing, Cambridge, Oulubut within each site shows a consistent pattern between the two CDTs and even for voxelwise inference.
The one-sample permutation test comprises a sign flipping procedure, justified by symmetrically distributed errors Although the voxel-level test statistics appear symmetric and do follow the expected parametric t distribution SI Appendix, Fig.
S13the statistic values benefit from the central limit theorem and their symmetry does not imply symmetry of the data. We found very strong evidence of asymmetric errors, but with no consistent pattern of asymmetry; that is, some brain regions showed positive skew and others showed negative skew.
This calls into question the validity of countless published fMRI studies based on parametric clusterwise inference. Compared with our previous work 14the results presented here are more important for three reasons.
First, the current study considers group analyses, whereas our previous study looked at single-subject analyses. Second, we here investigate the validity of the three most common fMRI software packages 26whereas we only considered SPM in our previous study. We identified skewed data as a likely cause of this and identified a simple test for detecting skew in the data.
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