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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 2010 Vol.11 No.12 P.944-951

http://doi.org/10.1631/jzus.B1000005


EEG dynamics reflects the partial and holistic effects in mental imagery generation


Author(s):  Jian Li, Yi-yuan Tang, Li Zhou, Qing-bao Yu, Song Li, Dan-ni Sui

Affiliation(s):  Institute of Neuroinformatics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1227, USA

Corresponding email(s):   yiyuan@uoregon.edu

Key Words:  Imagery generation, Electroencephalogram (EEG) dynamics, Holistic-partial processing


Jian Li, Yi-yuan Tang, Li Zhou, Qing-bao Yu, Song Li, Dan-ni Sui. EEG dynamics reflects the partial and holistic effects in mental imagery generation[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science B, 2010, 11(12): 944-951.

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Abstract: 
Mental imagery generation is essential in the retrieval and storage of knowledge. Previous studies have indicated that the holistic properties of mental imagery generation can be evaluated more easily than the partial properties. However, the relationship between partial and holistic mental imagery generations has not been clearly demonstrated. To address this issue, we designed a task to investigate the changes in the spectrum of the electroencephalogram (EEG) during partial or holistic imagery generation. EEG signals were obtained from 18 healthy subjects, and a statistical measure of spectral dynamics between two EEG signals in per frequency band was performed. Additionally, a bicoherence spectrum analysis was used to detect the phase coupling within these two imagery conditions. Our results indicated that EEG of the partial imagery appeared earlier and stronger than that of the holistic imagery in the theta (5–8 Hz) range in a time window around 220 to 300 ms after cue onset, and a slight decrease in the alpha (8–12 Hz) band was observed at around 270 ms. The scalp topography of these changes in the theta and alpha bands distributed overall significantly in the frontal and central-temporal areas. The significant phase coupling within two conditions was remarkable at high frequency. From these results, we infer that there are complex relations between partial and holistic imageries. The generation of partial mental imagery is not a subprocess of holistic imagery, but it is relevant to holistic imagery and requires correct modification from the holistic information.

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