Dynamics of brain electrical activity

Author: Paul E. Rapp, Theodore R. Bashore, Jacques M. Martinerie, A. M. Albano, I. D. Zimmerman & Alistair I. Mees
Conference/Journal: Brain Topography
Date published: 1989
Other: Volume ID: 2 , Pages: 98-118 , Word Count: 124

In addition to providing important theoretical insights into chaotic deterministic systems, dynamical systems theory has provided techniques for analyzing experimental data. These methods have been applied to a variety of physical and chemical systems. More recently, biological applications have become important. In this paper, we report applications of one of these techniques, estimation of a signal's correlation dimension, to the characterization of human electroencephalographic (EEG) signals and event-related brain potentials (ERPs). These calculations demonstrate that the magnitude of the technical difficulties encountered when attempting to estimate dimensions from noisy biological signals are substantial. However, these results also suggest that this procedure can provide a partial characterization of changes in cerebral electrical activity associated with changes in cognitive behavior that complements classical analytic procedures.