d. A More Complex Example

A more exciting and larger example of fMRI analysis with two timepoints can be found in the Finger, Foot, Lips test-retest fMRI dataset , which is described in this paper. We are grateful to the authors for making this dataset available in this manner to facilitate development of these models.

The motor task is a block design task that consists of blocks of finger tapping, foot twitching, and presumably lip pursing interleaved with visual fixation. There were two occasions of measurement so that test-retest reliability could be evaluated.

The motivation for this particular example was really to prove to ourselves that using R, you could analyze raw fMRI data using models that seemed to make sense. This allows you to do a lot of interesting things that might be hard to do otherwise - for example, to look at the effect of different nuisance parameters on the signal in different parts of the brain, or to look more carefully at fMRI reliability.

However, normally you would use a perfectly wonderful and well optimized package such as AFNI for fMRI first-level analysis, and use the output statistics from a contrast or from functional connectivity analysis in a higher-level longitudinal model with neuropointillist.

We include a few examples of different models that one might run. Change directories to the this example:

cd /shared/neuropointillist/example.fingerfootlips

These data reside on OpenNeuro, but we have downloaded part of the data here to save time. To download these data from scratch, if you are not taking the Flux workshop, see instructions here in the Quick Start section. In particular, the script 00downloadfiles script is a simple example of how to automatically download publicly available files from OpenNeuro without getting too deep into AWS.

• Look at lmerICC.R for an example of doing an ICC.

• Look at nlmemodel.R for an example of modeling fMRI data using the nlme package. We can’t handle lots of fixed effects easily, but we can specify autocorrelation in the data.

To run this example in our slurm cluster, create the file readargs.R as follows and run npoint.

cd /shared/neuropointillist/example.fingerfootlips
cat > readargs.R << EOF
cmdargs <- c("-m","mask.nii.gz", "--set1", "setfilenames1.txt",
             "--set2", "setfilenames2.txt",             
             "--setlabels1", "setlabels1.csv",
             "--setlabels2", "setlabels2.csv",             
             "--model", "nlmemodel.R",
             "--output", "nlmemodel/n.",
             "--debug", "debug.Rdata",
             "--slurmN", "50")

This generates 50 jobs in the directory nlmemodel and creates sample slurm submit scripts. Again, these need some tailoring.

As we did in the previous example, modify these scripts and submit the jobs.

# cd to the directory with the jobs
cd nlmemodel

#create a better slurm submit script
cat > slurmjob.bash << 'EOF'
#Slurm submission options

#SBATCH --mail-type=END
#SBATCH -o npoint_%A_%a.out
#SBATCH -o npoint_%A_%a.err
num=$(printf "%04d" $SLURM_ARRAY_TASK_ID)
npointrun -m n.${num}.nii.gz --model ${MODEL} -d ${DESIGNMAT}

# submit the job

• For a much better example, look at lmermodel.R for an example of modeling fMRI data.

• Look at how we prewhiten the data for lmer using AFNI (03prewhiten). We haven’t run that in advance for you so feel free to give it a try.