Temporal and spatial complexity measures for electroencephalogram based brain-computer interfacing

Med Biol Eng Comput. 1999 Jan;37(1):93-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02513272.


There has been much interest recently in the concept of using information from the motor cortex region of the brain, recorded using non-invasive scalp electrodes, to construct a crude interface with a computer. It is known that movements of the limbs, for example, are accompanied by desynchronisations and synchronisations within the scalp-recorded electroencephalogram (EEG). These event-related desynchronisations and synchronisations (ERD and ERS), however, appear to be present when volition to move a limb occurs, even when actual movement of the limb does not in fact take place. The determination and classification of the ERD/S offers many exciting possibilities for the control of peripheral devices via computer analysis. To date most effort has concentrated on the analysis of the changes in absolute frequency content of signals recorded from the motor cortex. The authors present results which tackle the issues of both the interpretation of changes in signals with time and across channels with simple methods which monitor the temporal and spatial 'complexity' of the data. Results are shown on synthetic and real data sets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computer User Training
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Humans
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • User-Computer Interface*