Classifying Event-Related Desynchronization in EEG, ECoG and MEG Signals.

TitleClassifying Event-Related Desynchronization in EEG, ECoG and MEG Signals.
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsJeremy Jeremy Hill, Lal, TN, Schröder, M, Hinterberger, T, Widman, G, Elger, C, Schölkopf, B, Birbaumer, N
EditorFranke, K, Müller, K-R, Nickolay, B, Schäfer, R
Book TitlePattern Recognition
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-540-44412-1

We employed three different brain signal recording methods to perform Brain-Computer Interface studies on untrained subjects. In all cases, we aim to develop a system that could be used for fast, reliable preliminary screening in clinical BCI application, and we are interested in knowing how long screening sessions need to be. Good performance could be achieved, on average, after the first 200 trials in EEG, 75–100 trials in MEG, or 25–50 trials in ECoG. We compare the performance of Independent Component Analysis and the Common Spatial Pattern algorithm in each of the three sensor types, finding that spatial filtering does not help in MEG, helps a little in ECoG, and improves performance a great deal in EEG. In all cases the unsupervised ICA algorithm performed at least as well as the supervised CSP algorithm, which can suffer from poor generalization performance due to overfitting, particularly in ECoG and MEG.


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