Title page for ETD etd-12202005-192214

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Tcheslavski, Gleb V.
Author's Email Address gleb@vt.edu
URN etd-12202005-192214
Title Coherence and Phase Synchrony Analysis of Electroencephalogram.
Degree PhD
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Beex, A. A. Louis Committee Chair
Adams, Robert J. Committee Member
Beattie, Christopher A. Committee Member
Bell, Amy E. Committee Member
Besieris, Ioannis M. Committee Member
Brown, Gary S. Committee Member
  • Coherence
  • Parametric model
  • Synchrony
  • EEG
Date of Defense 2005-12-12
Availability unrestricted
Phase Synchrony (PS) and coherence analyses of stochastic time series - tools to discover brain tissue pathways traveled by electrical signals - are considered for the specific purpose of processing of the electroencephalogram (EEG).

We propose the Phase Synchrony Processor (PSP), as a tool for implementing phase synchrony analysis, and examine its properties on the basis of known signals. Long observation times and wide filter bandwidths can decrease bias in PS estimates. The value of PS is affected by the difference in frequency of the sequences being analyzed and can be related to that frequency difference by the periodic sinc function.

PS analysis of the EEG shows that the average PS is higher - for a number of electrode pairs - for non-ADHD than for ADHD participants. The difference is more pronounced in the δ rhythm (0-3 Hz) and in the γ rhythm (30-50 Hz) PS. The Euclidean classifier with electrode masking yields 66 % correct classification on average for ADHD and non-ADHD subjects using the δ and γ1 rhythms.

We observed that the average γ1 rhythm PS is higher for the eyes closed condition than for the eyes open condition. The latter may potentially be used for vigilance monitoring. The Euclidean discriminator with electrode masking shows an average percentage of correct classification of 78 % between the eyes open and eyes closed subject conditions.

We develop a model for a pair of EEG electrodes and a model-based MS coherence estimator aimed at processing short (i.e. 20 samples) EEG frames. We verify that EEG sequences can be modeled as AR(3) processes degraded by additive white noise with an average SNR of approximately 11-12 dB.

Application of the MS coherence estimator to the EEG suggests that MS coherence is generally higher for non-ADHD individuals than for ADHD participants when evaluated for the θ rhythm of EEG. Also, MS coherence is consistently higher for ADHD subjects than for the majority of non-ADHD individuals when computed for the low end of the δ rhythm (i.e. below 1 Hz).

ADHD produces more measurable effects in the frontal lobe EEG and for participants performing attention intensive tasks.

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