Creating Beta Series Correlation Maps

The last few steps for creating beta series correlation maps is practically identical to what we did before with other functional connectivity maps:

1. Load your beta series map into the AFNI interface and set it as the underlay;
2. Click on "Graph" to scroll around to different voxels and examine different timeseries;
3. Once you find a voxel in a region that you are interested in, write out the timeseries by clicking FIM -> Edit Ideal -> Set Ideal as Center; and then FIM -> Edit Ideal -> Write Ideal to 1D File. (In this case, I am doing it for the right motor cortex, and labeling it RightM1.1D.)
4. Note that you can also average the timeseries within a mask defined either anatomically (e.g., from an atlas), or functionally (e.g., from a contrast). Again, the idea is the same as what we did with previous functional connectivity analyses.
5. Use 3drefit to trick AFNI into thinking that your beta series map is a 3d+time dataset (which by default is not what is output by 3dbucket):

3drefit -TR 2 Left_Betas+tlrc

6. Use 3dfim+ to create your beta series correlation map:

3dfim+ -input Left_Betas+tlrc -polort 1 -ideal_file RightM1.1D -out Correlation -bucket RightM1_BetaSeries

7. Convert this to a z-score map using Fisher's r-to-z transformation:

3dcalc -a Corr_subj01+tlrc -expr 'log((1+a)/(1-a))/2' -prefix Corr_subj01_Z+tlrc

8. Do this for all subjects, and use the results with a second-level tool such as 3dttest++.

9. Check the freezer for HotPockets.

That's it; you're done!

Combining ROIs

Once you've used a tool like fslmaths, 3dcalc, or Marsbar to create a single ROI, you can combine several of these ROIs using the same tools. This might be useful, for example, when creating a larger-scale masks encompassing several different areas.

In each case, combining ROIs is simply a matter of creating new images using a calculator-like tool; think of your TI-83 from the good old days, minus those frustrating yet addictive games such as FallDown. (Personal record: 1083.) With fslmaths, use the -add flag to concatenate several different ROIs together, e.g.:

fslmaths roi1 -add roi2 -add roi3 outputfile

With AFNI:

3dcalc -a roi1 -b roi2 -c roi3 -expr '(a+b+c)' -prefix outputfile

With Marsbar is a bit more involved, but also easier since you can do it from the GUI, as shown in the following video.

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