Clinical, neuropsychological, and pre-stimulus dorsomedial thalamic nucleus electrophysiological data in deep brain stimulation patients

Catherine M. Sweeney-Reed, Tino Zaehle, Jürgen Voges, Friedhelm C. Schmitt, Lars Buentjen, Klaus Kopitzki, Alan Richardson-Klavehn, Hermann Hinrichs, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Robert T. Knight, Michael D. Rugg

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The data presented here comprise clinical, neuropsychological, and intrathalamic electrophysiological data from 7 patients with pharmacoresistant focal epilepsy and are related to the article “Pre-stimulus thalamic theta power predicts human memory formation” C.M. Sweeney-Reed, T. Zaehle, J. Voges, F.C. Schmitt, L. Buentjen, K. Kopitzki, et al. (2016) [1]. The patients participated in a memory paradigm after receiving electrodes implanted in the DMTN due to the surgical approach taken in electrode insertion for deep brain stimulation of the anterior thalamic nucleus. Epilepsy duration and pre-operative neuropsychological tests provide an indication of the profile of patients receiving intrathalamic electrode implantation and the memory capabilities in such a patient group. The electrophysiological data were recorded from the right DMTN preceding stimulus presentation during intentional memory encoding. The patients viewed a series of photographic scenes, which they judged as indoors or outdoors. The 900 ms epochs prior to stimulus presentation were labeled as preceding successful or unsuccessful subsequent memory formation according to a subsequent memory test for the items. The difference between theta power preceding successful versus unsuccessful subsequent memory formation is shown against time for each patient individually.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-561
JournalData in Brief
Early online date15 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Memory encoding
  • Dorsomedial thalamic nucleus
  • Pre-stimulus theta

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