Decreased resting-state brain activity complexity in schizophrenia characterized by both increased regularity and randomness

Albert C. Yang, Chen Jee Hong, Yin Jay Liou, Kai Lin Huang, Chu Chung Huang, Mu En Liu, Men Tzung Lo, Norden E. Huang, Chung Kang Peng, Ching Po Lin, Shih Jen Tsai

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Schizophrenia is characterized by heterogeneous pathophysiology. Using multiscale entropy (MSE) analysis, which enables capturing complex dynamics of time series, we characterized MSE patterns of blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signals across different time scales and determined whether BOLD activity in patients with schizophrenia exhibits increased complexity (increased entropy in all time scales), decreased complexity toward regularity (decreased entropy in all time scales), or decreased complexity toward uncorrelated randomness (high entropy in short time scales followed by decayed entropy as the time scale increases). We recruited 105 patients with schizophrenia with an age of onset between 18 and 35 years and 210 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Results showed that MSE of BOLD signals in patients with schizophrenia exhibited two routes of decreased BOLD complexity toward either regular or random patterns. Reduced BOLD complexity toward regular patterns was observed in the cerebellum and temporal, middle, and superior frontal regions, and reduced BOLD complexity toward randomness was observed extensively in the inferior frontal, occipital, and postcentral cortices as well as in the insula and middle cingulum. Furthermore, we determined that the two types of complexity change were associated differently with psychopathology; specifically, the regular type of BOLD complexity change was associated with positive symptoms of schizophrenia, whereas the randomness type of BOLD complexity was associated with negative symptoms of the illness. These results collectively suggested that resting-state dynamics in schizophrenia exhibit two routes of pathologic change toward regular or random patterns, which contribute to the differences in syndrome domains of psychosis in patients with schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2174-2186
Number of pages13
JournalHuman Brain Mapping
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Complexity
  • Multiscale entropy
  • Randomness
  • Regularity
  • Schizophrenia


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