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J Biol Phys. 2014 Jan;40(1):55-70. doi: 10.1007/s10867-013-9335-7. Epub 2014 Jan 13.

Studying modulation on simultaneously activated SSVEP neural networks by a cognitive task.

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  • 1School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 610054, China, wzhzxwz@sina.com.

Abstract

Since the discovery of steady-state visually evoked potential (SSVEP), it has been used in many fields. Numerous studies suggest that there exist three SSVEP neural networks in different frequency bands. An obvious phenomenon has been observed, that the amplitude and phase of SSVEP can be modulated by a cognitive task. Previous works have studied this modulation on separately activated SSVEP neural networks by a cognitive task. If two or more SSVEP neural networks are activated simultaneously in the process of a cognitive task, is the modulation on different SSVEP neural networks the same? In this study, two different SSVEP neural networks were activated simultaneously by two different frequency flickers, with a working memory task irrelevant to the flickers being conducted at the same time. The modulated SSVEP waves were compared with each other and to those only under one flicker in previous studies. The comparison results show that the cognitive task can modulate different SSVEP neural networks with a similar style.

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