This tutorial will demonstrate how to use EEGLAB to interactively preprocess, . Otherwise, you must load a channel location file manually. EEGLAB Tutorial Index – pages of tutorial ( including “how to” for plugins) WEB or PDF. – Function documentation (next slide) . RIDE on ERPs Manual. Contents. Preface. . named ‘data’ under ‘EEG’ after you used EEGLAB to import it into Matlab (see below).

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Electroencephalography EEG source localization approaches are often used to disentangle the spatial patterns mixed up in scalp EEG recordings. However, approaches differ substantially between experiments, may be strongly parameter-dependent, and results are not necessarily meaningful. The pipeline is tested using a data set of 10 individuals eelgab an auditory attention task. The analysis approach estimates sources of channel EEG data without the prerequisite of individual anatomies or individually digitized sensor positions.

Source-Modeling Auditory Processes of EEG Data Using EEGLAB and Brainstorm

ICA is a linear decomposition technique that aims to reveal the underlying statistical sources of mixed signals and is further a powerful tool to attenuate stereotypical artifacts e.

Data submitted to ICA are pre-processed to facilitate good-quality decompositions. Aiming toward an objective approach on component identification, the semi-automatic CORRMAP algorithm is applied for the identification of components representing prominent and stereotypic artifacts. Second, we present a step-wise approach to estimate active sources of auditory cortex event-related processing, on a single subject level.

The presented approach assumes that no individual anatomy is available and therefore the default anatomy ICBM, as implemented in Brainstorm, is used for all individuals. Individual noise modeling in this dataset is based on the pre-stimulus baseline period. We then apply the method of dynamical statistical parametric mapping dSPM to obtain physiologically plausible EEG source estimates. Finally, we show how to perform group level analysis in the time domain on anatomically defined regions of interest auditory scout.

The proposed pipeline needs to be tailored to the specific datasets and paradigms. Despite strong competition from other imaging techniques, the scalp-recorded electroencephalogram EEG is still one of the key sources of information for scientists interested in the study of large-scale human brain function. Due to its high temporal resolution EEG acquisition technology is well suited to capture the essence of neural dynamics of perceptual, cognitive and motor processes.

However, complex cognitive operations go hand in hand with complex spatio-temporal neuronal interactions.

Even for the processing of very simple sounds several brain areas are involved and information of different brain areas has to be incorporated within tens of millisecond Shahin et al. Due to volume conduction among other reasons the EEG signal recorded from a single channel is a mixture of contributions from an unknown number of different, even distant neural and non-neural sources Lopes da Silva, Consequently, differences between conditions or individuals cannot easily be interpreted with regard to their spatial origin when only sensor level data is considered.

Source modeling on the other hand allows to draw inferences about the timing and the location of brain processes of interest and may resolve to some degree the ambiguity we are faced with sensor level analysis Michel et al. Despite the fact that a source level analysis does not solve the inverse problem Musha and Okamoto, ; Grech et al.

For instance, we have used source level analysis of channel EEG recordings to nanual cross-modal processing in the auditory cortex of cochlear implant users Stropahl et al. This pattern has been repeatedly confirmed with EEG source analysis, as well as imaging modalities such as functional near infrared spectroscopy fNIRSbut could not be easily obtained with functional magnetic resonance imaging eeglqbwhich cannot be used for cochlear implant users Msnual et al.

In other studies we used source level analysis to disentangle left and right auditory cortex activation patterns Hine and Debener, ; Hine et al. There are numerous other examples of successful EEG source modeling. Most researchers agree that volume conduction heavily compromises the validity of sensor level connectivity pattern results Schoffelen and Gross, Source modeling can facilitate the analysis by mitigating to some degree disadvantageous effects of volume conduction.


Hence, source modeling seems useful for studying resting state EEG Hipp et al.

In a clinical context, EEG source modeling can be used to identify the epileptic focus in epilepsy patients Brodbeck et al. In the context of magnetoencephalography MEG mankal source modeling is well established and widely used Baillet, EEG source modeling appears to be more sensitive to errors in the forward model Leahy et al. While the former has been developed primarily for multi-channel EEG analysis, mwnual provides eelgab capabilities for MEG analysis as well.

Each release initiates thousands of downloads, the reference paper has been cited over 5, times, and an increasing number of powerful plugins has expanded its functionality. One reason for the popularity of EEGLAB may be that it offers functionality for Matlab newbies graphical user interface and fluent programmers alike.

Denoising EEG signals is not the only virtue of ICA, it can also be used to disentangle otherwise missed contributions from different brain sources Debener et al. The possibilities of performing and consequently visualizing eeglb results of a dipole analysis are limited with EEGLAB.

Brainstorm on the other hand provides extensive possibilities of source estimation and advanced source level analysis on both, single subject and group level.

Furthermore, source modeling will often be only one step in the signal analysis of an otherwise complete analysis that could be performed with EEGLAB and custom-made Matlab routines.

We present a pipeline for computing single subject as well as group level source activity for EEG data when no individual eetlab data is available, using a standard head model as implemented in Brainstorm. The pipeline provides an easy maanual to estimate and compare source activity in pre-defined regions of interest. None of the eeglaab reported acute neurological or psychiatric conditions. The study was conducted in agreement with the declaration of Helsinki and was approved by the local ethical committee of the University of Oldenburg.

Each participant gave written informed consent prior to the experiment. Participants therefore listened passively to auditory stimuli presented in a free-field setting. Manuaal experiment was conducted in a sound-shielded booth and participants were seated 1. The auditory stimulus was a narrowband noise with a center-frequency of 1 kHz, a bandwidth of Hz and a sampling frequency of Prior to the experiment, intensity of the stimulus was adjusted individually to a comfortable loudness level in steps of 1 dB; loudness adjustment started at 79 dB A.

In total, 60 trials were presented with a jittered inter-stimulus-interval between 1, and 2, ms. In our experience, equidistant electrode placement based on infra-cerebral spatial sampling facilitates source localization efforts by a better coverage of the head sphere, although systematic comparisons to traditional 10—20 electrode layouts were not conducted Hine and Debener, ; Debener et al.

The nose-tip was used as reference and a central fronto-polar site as ground. To capture eye blinks and eye movements, two electrodes were placed below the eyes. Sampling rate of EEG recording was Hz and online filters from 0. The EEG data of the 10 participants and the analysis scripts are available at https: The scripts and the detailed step-by-step tutorial are also available within the Supplementary Materials. Furthermore, the Brainstorm source estimation pipeline was scripted and includes functionality for a group-level analysis.

Note that a manual set-up of the Brainstorm database is necessary. A screenshot of the settings for the database used here can be seen in Supplementary Figure S2 cf.

Source-Modeling Auditory Processes of EEG Data Using EEGLAB and Brainstorm

Brainstorm tutorial on creating a new protocol http: The use of the provided script requires that users have at least basic understanding of Matlab and signal processing, as well as of EEG analysis. The provided scripts are under the MIT license and are provided without warranty of any kind. We do not take any responsibility for the validity of the application or adaptation of this code, or parts thereof, on other datasets.

Please download the analysis scripts as well as the EEG raw data here https: Schematic illustration of the processing pipeline. The dashed line indicates that alternative processing steps are possible, but are not implemented in the current pipeline. The EEG raw data files. ICA decomposition can be improved by high-pass filtering Winkler et al. To reduce computation time, data were then re-sampled to Hz. In order to identify non-stereotypical events, continuous datasets were segmented into consecutive epochs with a length of 1 s.


Epochs with a joint probability larger than three standard deviations SD were rejected prior to computing the ICA. The choice of this parameter was based on our lab standard. Please see Step 4 for further explanation of parameter choices for artifact correction.

In our experience, this option can enhance the representation of noise sources and thereby improve artifact attenuation quality.

This step is not necessary but reduces computation time.

Note that large datasets, and analyses strategies aiming for particular brain signals contributing little variance to the overall recordings, may benefit from decomposition without dimensionality reduction. The resulting ICA weights were then applied to the original, unfiltered, continuous data set, to allow for a paradigm-specific pre-processing see below. Similarity between all ICA components and the user-selected template component is computed by a correlation of the ICA inverse weights Viola et al.

The maximum number of components that can be selected within one dataset was here set to three. Manula more recently developed toolbox named Eye-Catch Bigdely-Shamlo et al. After cleaning the continuous data from stereotypical artifacts mabual ICA, EEG data sets were filtered with a low-pass windowed sinc FIR filter, cut-off frequency 40 Hz, filter order and a high-pass windowed sinc FIR filter, cut-off frequency 0.

Remaining artificial epochs not accounted for by ICA-based artifact attenuation were identified and rejected. We used the method of joint probability, which calculates the probability distribution of values regarding all epochs. Segments that contain artifacts are likely to show a difference in occurrence and can therefore be detected with this method.

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The parameters were set according to our lab standards and the experimental conditions. Be aware that the choice of parameters depends on the quality of your EEG data, the experimental design and the analysis to be performed. Cortical source activations were estimated using Brainstorm software Tadel et al. Brainstorm uses a distributed dipoles model as fitting approach.

For the current experiment, eegllab method of dynamic statistical parametric mapping was applied to the data dSPM, Dale et al. The dSPM method uses the minimum-norm inverse maps to estimate the locations of the scalp-recorded electrical activity and works well, in our experience, for modeling auditory cortex sources.

Note that in this pipeline no individual anatomies and no individual electrode locations are used. Instead one general electrode location file was used for all participants. For this, the exact positions of all cap electrodes were first digitized Xensor electrode digitizer, ANT Neuro, The Netherlands and the measured electrode locations were then visually inspected and manually corrected to fit the default anatomy using the Brainstorm graphical interface.

The BEM model provides three realistic layers and representative anatomical information Gramfort et al. For source estimation, the option of constrained dipole orientations was selected, which models one dipole, oriented perpendicular to the cortical surface for each vertex Tadel eeglsb al. EEG data were re-referenced manua, the common average before source estimation, which is a default pre-processing step in most source analysis software. The main reason for re-referencing to the common average is to fulfill the assumption that a net source activity of zero current flow is achieved to not bias source strength estimates cf.

The single-trial EEG data is averaged for each participant and the estimate of active sources is performed on the subject average. Individual peak activation of the N Mamual in the auditory ROI were extracted and analyzed on a group level for both the right and left hemisphere cf. Brainstorm offers the possibility to use predefined scouts atlas basedor to manually define a region of interest either anatomically or functionally e.

To illustrate this option, a second ROI was defined based on the source level activity.