Single trial variability of EEG and fMRI responses to visual stimuli

Andrew Bagshaw, Tracy Warbrick

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Recent EEG-fMRI studies have suggested a novel method of data fusion which uses single trial (ST) estimates of event-related potentials in the fMRI analysis. This is potentially very powerful, but rests on the assumption that the ST variability observed in EEG is reflected in the fMRI signal. The current study investigated this assumption and compared two different data processing strategies for each modality. Five subjects underwent separate EEG and fMRI sessions with checkerboard stimuli at two contrasts. EEG data were preprocessed using wavelet denoising and independent component analysis (ICA), whilst the general linear model and ICA were used for fMRI. Amplitudes and latencies of the P1 and N2 components of the visual evoked potential (VEP) were calculated for each trial. For fMRI, the amplitudes and latencies of the ST haemodynamic responses (HR) were calculated. Within modality, the results for the two processing methods were significantly correlated in the majority of data sets. Across modality, the average amplitudes of the VEPs and HRs were also significantly correlated. Examination of ST variability demonstrated that the amplitudes of the mean VEPs and HRs are both influenced by the latency variability of the ST responses to a greater extent than the amplitude variability. For high contrast stimuli the latency variability in EEG and fMRI was significantly correlated, with a similar trend seen for the low contrast stimuli. The results confirm the validity of examining both the EEG and fMRI signals on an ST basis and suggest an underlying neuronal origin in both modalities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-292
Number of pages13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007


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