Propagation of signals between neurons and brain regions provides information about the functional properties of neural networks, and thus information transfer. Advances in optical imaging and statistical analyses of acquired optical signals have yielded various metrics for inferring neural connectivity, and hence for mapping signal intercorrelation. However, a single coefficient is traditionally derived to classify the connection strength between two cells, ignoring the fact that neural systems are inherently time-variant systems. To overcome these limitations, we utilized a time-varying Pearson’s correlation coefficient, spike-sorting, wavelet transform, and wavelet coherence of calcium transients from DIV 12–15 hippocampal neurons from GCaMP6s mice after applying various concentrations of glutamate. Results provide a comprehensive overview of resulting firing patterns, network connectivity, signal directionality, and network properties. Together, these metrics provide a more comprehensive and robust method of analyzing transient neural signals, and enable future investigations for tracking the effects of different stimuli on network properties.
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