EEG windowed statistical wavelet scoring for evaluation and discrimination of muscular artifacts

François Benoit Vialatte, Jordi Solé-Casals, Andrzej Cichocki

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EEG recordings are usually corrupted by spurious extra-cerebral artifacts, which should be rejected or cleaned up by the practitioner. Since manual screening of human EEGs is inherently error prone and might induce experimental bias, automatic artifact detection is an issue of importance. Automatic artifact detection is the best guarantee for objective and clean results. We present a new approach, based on the time-frequency shape of muscular artifacts, to achieve reliable and automatic scoring. The impact of muscular activity on the signal can be evaluated using this methodology by placing emphasis on the analysis of EEG activity. The method is used to discriminate evoked potentials from several types of recorded muscular artifacts - with a sensitivity of 98.8% and a specificity of 92.2%. Automatic cleaning of EEG data is then successfully realized using this method, combined with independent component analysis. The outcome of the automatic cleaning is then compared with the Slepian multitaper spectrum based technique introduced by Delorme et al (2007 Neuroimage 34 1443-9).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1435-1452
Number of pages18
JournalPhysiological Measurement
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Artifact
  • Bioelectric potentials
  • Electroencephalography
  • Noise
  • Signal analysis
  • Signal processing
  • Wavelet transforms


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