Enhancing Neuronal Coupling Estimation by NIRS/EEG Integration

Nicolás J. Gallego-Molina*, Andrés Ortiz, Marco A. Formoso, Francisco J. Martínez-Murcia, Wai Lok Woo

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Neuroimaging techniques have had a major impact on medical science, allowing advances in the research of many neurological diseases and improving their diagnosis. In this context, multimodal neuroimaging approaches, based on the neurovascular coupling phenomenon, exploit their individual strengths to provide complementary information on the neural activity of the brain cortex. This work proposes a novel method for combining electroencephalography (EEG) and functional near–infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to explore the functional activity of the brain processes related to low-level language processing of skilled and dyslexic seven-year-old readers. We have transformed EEG signals into image sequences considering the interaction between different frequency bands by means of cross-frequency coupling (CFC), and applied an activation mask sequence obtained from the local functional brain activity inferred from simultaneously recorded fNIRS signals. Thus, the resulting image sequences preserve spatial and temporal information of the communication and interaction between different neural processes and provide discriminative information that enables differentiation between controls and dyslexic subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence for Neuroscience and Emotional Systems (IWINAC 2024)
EditorsJosé Manuel Ferrández Vicente, Mikel Val Calvo, Hojjat Adeli
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783031611407
ISBN (Print)9783031611391
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2024
Event10th International Work-Conference on the Interplay Between Natural and Artificial Computation, IWINAC 2024 - Olhâo, Portugal
Duration: 4 Jun 20247 Jun 2024

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume14674 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Work-Conference on the Interplay Between Natural and Artificial Computation, IWINAC 2024

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