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Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique

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ISBN-10: 0262621967

ISBN-13: 9780262621960

Edition: 2005

Authors: Steven J. Luck

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The event-related potential (ERP) technique in cognitive neuroscience allows scientists to observe human brain activity that reflects specific cognitive processes. In "An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique, Steve Luck offers the first comprehensive guide to the practicalities of conducting ERP experiments in cognitive neuroscience and related fields, including affective neuroscience and experimental psychopathology. The book can serve as a guide for the classroom or the laboratory and as a reference for researchers who do not conduct ERP studies themselves but need to understand and evaluate ERP experiments in the literature. It summarizes the accumulated body of ERP…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/12/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

An Introduction to Event-Related Potentials and Their Neural Origins
Goals and Perspective
A Bit of History
A Simple Example Experiment
A Real Experiment
Reliability of ERP Waveforms
Advantages and Disadvantages of the ERP Technique
The Neural Origins of ERPs
A Summary of Major ERP Components
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Design and Interpretation of ERP Experiments
Waveform Peaks versus Latent ERP Components
What Is an ERP Component?
Avoiding Ambiguities in Interpreting ERP Components
Avoiding Confounds and Misinterpretations
Examples from the Literature
Suggestions for Further Reading
Summary of Rules, Principles, and Strategies
Basic Principles of ERP Recording
The Importance of Clean Data
Active and Reference Electrodes
Electrical Noise in the Environment
Electrodes and Impedance
Amplifying, Filtering, and Digitizing the Signal
Averaging, Artifact Rejection, and Artifact Correction
The Averaging Process
Artifact Rejection and Correction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Why Are Filters Necessary?
What Everyone Should Know about Filtering
Filtering as a Frequency-Domain Procedure
Filtering as a Time-Domain Procedure
Relationship Between the Time and Frequency Domains
Time-Domain Distortions Produced by Filters
Recommendations Revisited
Plotting, Measurement, and Analysis
Plotting ERP Data
Measuring ERP Amplitudes
Measuring ERP Latencies
Statistical Analyses
Suggestions for Further Reading
ERP Localization
The Big Picture
The Forward Solution
Equivalent Current Dipoles and the BESA Approach
Distributed Source Approaches
Can We Really Localize ERPs?
Suggestions for Further Reading
Setting Up an ERP Lab
The Data Acquisition System
The Data Analysis
The Stimulus Presentation System
Appendix: Basic Principles of Electricity
Voltage, Current, and Resistance
Ohm's Law
Electricity and Magnetism