Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) is widely used to investigate the functional architecture of the healthy human brain and how it is affected by learning, lifelong development, brain disorders or pharmacological intervention. Non-sensory experiences are prevalent during rest and must arise from ongoing brain activity, yet little is known about this relationship. Here, we used two runs of rs-fMRI both immediately followed by the Amsterdam Resting-State Questionnaire (ARSQ) to investigate the relationship between functional connectivity within ten large-scale functional brain networks and ten dimensions of thoughts and feelings experienced during the scan in 106 healthy participants. We identified 11 positive associations between brain-network functional connectivity and ARSQ dimensions. 'Sleepiness' exhibited significant associations with functional connectivity within Visual, Sensorimotor and Default Mode networks. Similar associations were observed for 'Visual Thought' and 'Discontinuity of Mind', which may relate to variation in imagery and thought control mediated by arousal fluctuations. Our findings show that selfreports of thoughts and feelings experienced during a rs-fMRI scan help understand the functional significance of variations in functional connectivity, which should be of special relevance to clinical studies.
Stoffers, D., Diaz, B. A., Cheng, G., den Braber, A., van t Ent, D., Boomsma, D. I., ... Linkenkaer-Hansen, K. (2015). Resting-State fMRI Functional Connectivity Is Associated with Sleepiness, Imagery, and Discontinuity of Mind. PLoS ONE, 10(11), [e0142014]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0142014