TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN: ERP AND WAVELET ANALYSES OF VISUAL POTENTIALS EVOKED AND INDUCED BY TASK-RELEVANT FACES
New analyzing techniques of the electroencephalogram (EEG) such as wavelet analysis open the possibility to address questions that may seriously improve our understanding of the EEG, and clarify its relation with event related potentials (ERP). Three issues were addressed: 1) to what extent can early ERP components be described as transient evoked oscillations in specific frequency bands? 2) total EEG power (TP) after a stimulus consists of pre-stimulus baseline power (BP), evoked power (EP), and induced power (IP), but what are their respective contributions? 3) the Phase Reset model proposes that BP predicts EP, while the evoked model holds that BP is unrelated to EP. Which model is the most valid one? EEG results on NoGo trials for 123 individuals that took part in an experiment with emotional facial expressions were examined by computing ERPs, and by performing wavelet analyses on the raw EEG and on ERPs. After performing several multiple regression analyses we obtained the following answers. First, the P1, N1, and P2 components can by and large be described as transient oscillations in the α and θ bands. Secondly, it appears possible to estimate the separate contributions of EP, BP, and IP to TP, and importantly, the contribution of IP is mostly larger than of EP. Finally, no strong support was obtained for neither the Phase Reset nor the Evoked model. Recent models are discussed that may better explain the relation between raw EEG and ERPs.
Wednesday 29 June 2016, 16:30 - 17:30 h
Building Carré - room CR 3.718