Tagged: Neural engineering

Do We See Before We Look?

We investigated neural correlates of target detection in the electroencephalogram (EEG) during a free viewing search task and analyzed signals locked to saccadic events. Subjects performed a search task for multiple random scenes while we simultaneously recorded 64 channels of EEG and tracked subjects eye position. For each subject we identified target saccades (TS) and distractor saccades (DS). We sampled the sets of TS and DS saccades such that they were equalized/matched for saccade direction and duration, ensuring that no information in the saccade properties themselves was discriminating for their type. We aligned EEG to the saccade onset and used logistic regression (LR), in the space of the 64 electrodes, to identify activity discriminating a TS from a DS on a single-trial basis. We found significant discriminating activity in the EEG both before and after the saccade. We also saw substantial reduction in discriminating activity when the saccade was executed. We conclude that we can identify neural signatures of detection both before and after the saccade, indicating that subjects anticipate the target before the last saccade, which serves to foveate and confirm the target identity.

A system for single-trial analysis of simultaneously acquired EEG and fMRI

In this paper we describe a system for simultaneously acquiring EEG and fMRI and evaluate it in terms of discriminating, single-trial, task-related neural components in the EEG. Using an auditory oddball stimulus paradigm, we acquire EEG data both inside and outside a 1.5T MR scanner and compare both power spectra and single-trial discrimination performance for both conditions. We find that EEG activity acquired inside the MR scanner during echo planer image acquisition is of high enough quality to enable single-trial discrimination performance that is 95 % of that acquired outside the scanner. We conclude that EEG acquired simultaneously with fMRI is of high enough fidelity to permit single-trial analysis.