Gratton G, Coles MG, Donchin E. A new method for off-line removal of ocular artifact

Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill. 61820 U.S.A.
Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology 05/1983; 55(4):468-84. DOI: 10.1016/0013-4694(83)90135-9
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ABSTRACT A new off-line procedure for dealing with ocular artifacts in ERP recording is described. The procedure (EMCP) uses EOG and EEG records for individual trials in an experimental session to estimate a propagation factor which describes the relationship between the EOG and EEG traces. The propagation factor is computed after stimulus-linked variability in both traces has been removed. Different propagation factors are computed for blinks and eye movements. Tests are presented which demonstrate the validity and reliability of the procedure. ERPs derived from trials corrected by EMCP are more similar to a 'true' ERP than are ERPs derived from either uncorrected or randomly corrected trials. The procedure also reduces the difference between ERPs which are based on trials with different degrees of EOG variance. Furthermore, variability at each time point, across trials, is reduced following correction. The propagation factor decreases from frontal to parietal electrodes, and is larger for saccades than blinks. It is more consistent within experimental sessions than between sessions. The major advantage of the procedure is that it permits retention of all trials in an ERP experiment, irrespective of ocular artifact. Thus, studies of populations characterized by a high degree of artifact, and those requiring eye movements as part of the experimental task, are made possible. Furthermore, there is no need to require subjects to restrict eye movement activity. In comparison to procedures suggested by others, EMCP also has the advantage that separate correction factors are computed for blinks and movements and that these factors are based on data from the experimental session itself rather than from a separate calibration session.

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    • "Subsequent to this, 800 ms epochs of data (starting from 200 ms prior to fixation cross colour-change) were extracted from the continuous EEG signal for each trial and experimental condition (see above). Following the creation of epochs for all conditions, ocular artefacts were corrected via the algorithm described by [23]. Next, the final 200 ms of the task-irrelevant white fixation cross immediately preceding the conditional colour-change were used to baseline the EEG epochs. "
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    • "EEG data were re-referenced to the numeric mean of the mastoids and band-pass filtered with cutoffs of 0.1 and 30 Hz (12 dB/oct rolloff). All trials were also corrected for eye movements and blinks using the method developed by Gratton et al. (1983). A computerbased algorithm was used to detect physiological artifacts such that individual trials were rejected if there was a voltage step greater than 50 V between sampling points, a voltage difference of more than 200 V within a trial, or a maximum voltage difference less than 0.5 V within a trial. "
    • "EEGs were epoched from À200 before to 800 ms following presentation of the stimulus. The Gratton and Coles algorithm (Gratton et al., 1983) was used to correct eye movement and blink artifacts. Specific intervals for individual channels were rejected in each epoched trial using a semi-automated procedure, with physiological and motor artifacts identified by the following criteria: a voltage step of more than 50.0 μV between sample points, a voltage difference of 200.0 μV within a segment, a maximum of 100 mV and a minimum of À 100 mV within a segment, and a maximum voltage difference of less than 0.50 μV within 100 ms intervals. "
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