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Psychophysiology. 2014 Nov;51(11):1061-71. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12283. Epub 2014 Jul 17.

The neurophysiological bases of EEG and EEG measurement: a review for the rest of us.

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Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA; Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.


A thorough understanding of the EEG signal and its measurement is necessary to produce high quality data and to draw accurate conclusions from those data. However, publications that discuss relevant topics are written for divergent audiences with specific levels of expertise: explanations are either at an abstract level that leaves readers with a fuzzy understanding of the electrophysiology involved, or are at a technical level that requires mastery of the relevant physics to understand. A clear, comprehensive review of the origin and measurement of EEG that bridges these high and low levels of explanation fills a critical gap in the literature and is necessary for promoting better research practices and peer review. The present paper addresses the neurophysiological source of EEG, propagation of the EEG signal, technical aspects of EEG measurement, and implications for interpretation of EEG data.


EEG/ERP; Methods; Signal propagation

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