Transmission of information during Continuous Attention Test
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The Short-Time Directed Transfer Function (SDTF) is an estimator based on a multivariate autoregressive model which has proved to be successful in ERP experiments, e.g. those connected with motor action and its imagination. The aim of this study is the evaluation of the performance of SDTF in the cognitive experiment. We have applied SDTF for the estimation of the pattern of EEG signal transmissions during a Continuous Attention Test (CAT). Time-frequency patterns of propagation were estimated for two experimental conditions. Statistical procedures based on thin-plate spline model were used for estimation of significant changes in respect to the reference epoch. The repeatability of the results for a subject and across the subjects were investigated. The effect of prolonged transmission in the gamma band from the prefrontal electrodes found in all subjects was explained by the active inhibition in the case when a subject had to sustain from performing the action.
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R. Kus, Department of Biomedical Physics, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland