An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique

An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique

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The event-related potential (ERP) technique in cognitive neuroscience allows scientists to observe human brain activity that reflects specific cognitive processes. In " An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique," Steve Luck offers the first comprehensive guide to the practicalities of conducting ERP experiments in cognitive neuroscience and related fields, including affective neuroscience and experimental psychopathology. The book can serve as a guide for the classroom or the laboratory and as a reference for researchers who do not conduct ERP studies themselves but need to understand and evaluate ERP experiments in the literature. It summarizes the accumulated body of ERP theory and practice, providing detailed, practical advice about how to design, conduct, and interpret ERP experiments, and presents the theoretical background needed to understand why an experiment is carried out in a particular way. Luck focuses on the most fundamental techniques, describing them as they are used in many of the world's leading ERP laboratories. These techniques reflect a long history of electrophysiological recordings and provide an excellent foundation for more advanced approaches.The book also provides advice on the key topic of how to design ERP experiments so that they will be useful in answering questions of broad scientific interest. This reflects the increasing proportion of ERP research that focuses on these broader questions rather than the "ERPology" of early studies, which concentrated primarily on ERP components and methods. Topics covered include the neural origins of ERPs, signal averaging, artifact rejection and correction, filtering, measurement and analysis, localization, and the practicalities of setting up the lab.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 24mm | 635g
  • Bradford Books
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • English
  • 50 illus.
  • 0262621967
  • 9780262621960
  • 341,012

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--Steven A. Hillyard, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego
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About Steven J. Luck

Steven J. Luck is is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis.
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I also posted this review on my weblog <a href="">here</a>. <b>Title:</b> An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique (on <a href="">Librarything</a>) <b>Author:</b> Steven J. Luck <b>Series:</b> no <b>Format:</b> paperback <b>Pages:</b> 388 (I read about 50 pages) <b>Year published:</b> original 2005, my edition 2005 <b>Language:</b> English <b>ISBN number:</b> 978-0262621960 <b>Reason for reading:</b> I had to read the first chapter for a course, so my review will only be about the first chapter. <b>First alinea:</b> This chapter introduces the event-related potential (ERP) technique. The first section describes the goals of this book and discusses the perspective from which I've written it. The second section provides a brief history of the ERP technique. The third section describes two simple ERP experiments as examples that introduce some of the basic concepts of ERP experimentation. The fourth section describes the advantages and disadvantages of the ERP technique in relation to other techniques. The fifth section describes the neural and biophysical origins of ERPs and the associated event-related magnetic fields. The final section contains a brief description of the most commonly observed ERP components in cognitive neuroscience experiments. <b><i>Review:</i></b> <b>Chapter 1:</b> First the author explains that he has really written this book for beginners, as an introduction to ERP. Then he starts with a bit of history and the rest of the chapter is about general ERP things and brainwaves. He never really goes "in depth", but of course that can be expected as it's the first chapter of the book. I don't know how easy everything is to understand if you have never done a course dealing with <i>something</i> brain-related (or have never read anything about it). I recognized most important things from my course on psycholinguistics. <b>Writing style:</b> It is a writing style that reads quite quickly. He doesn't use very difficult English words, but he does use a lot of terms which might be harder to understand (though he does explain most things anyway)... <b>Rereadability:</b> For my exam I think :P I'm probably not going to read the rest of the book unless I really start working with more
by S. Broers
If you are learning event related potentials in EEG, you MUST have this book. Maybe this is the best introduction to it. You will keep using it even after publishing research with more
by Renzo Lanfranco
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