Quantifying changes in EEG complexity induced by photic stimulation

Luca Faes, Silvia Erla, Luca Faes, Giandomenico Nollo

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Objectives: This study aims to characterize EEG complexity, measured as the prediction error resulting from nonlinear prediction, in healthy humans during photic stimulation. Methods: EEGs were recorded from 15 subjects with eyes closed (EC) and eyes open (EO), during the baseline condition and during stroboscopic photic stimulation (PS) at 5, 10, and 15 Hz. The mean squared prediction error (MSPE) resulting from nearest neighbor local linear prediction was taken as complexity index. Complexity maps were generated interpolating the MSPE index over a schematic scalp representation. Results: Statistical analysis revealed that: i) EEG shows good predictability in all conditions and seems to be well explained by a linear stochastic process; ii) the complexity is lower with EC than with EO and increases significantly during PS, to a lesser extent during 10 Hz stimulation; iii) significant differences of EEG complexity are detectable between anterior-central and posterior scalp regions. Conclusions: Changes in EEG complexity during PS can be successfully assessed using nonlinear prediction. The observed modifi -cations in the patterns of complexity seem to reflect neurophysiological behaviors and suggest future applicability of the method in clinical settings. © Schattauer 2010.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)496-500
Numero di pagine5
RivistaMethods of Information in Medicine
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Health Information Management

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