NeuroMonitor ambulatory EEG device: Comparative analysis and its application for cognitive load assessment


We have previously presented a wireless ambulatory EEG device (NeuroMonitor) to non-invasively monitor prefrontal cortex scalp EEG activity in real-life settings. This paper discusses analysis and application of data acquired using this device. We assess the device data against a commercially available, clinical grade Neuroscan SynAmps RT EEG system. For the comparison, temporal statistical measures and Power Spectral Density (PSD) are computed for the simultaneous recordings from both devices from (nearly) identical electrode locations. Although the analog signal processing, sampling, and data recording specifications are slightly different for these devices (e.g., filter specifications, ADC - NeuroMonitor: 16 bit and Neuroscan: 24 bit, electrodes - NeuroMonitor: GS26 Pre-gelled Disposable, Neuroscan: Ag/AgCl reusable EEG disc electrodes), the temporal signals and the PSD of two devices had sufficient correlation. The paper also describes pilot data collection for a test protocol to determine cognitive load using the NeuroMonitor device. For analyzing attention levels for 5 different tasks, EEG rhythms (Alpha, Beta and Theta) are extracted and cognitive load index (CLI) is computed. Results show variations in the PSD of these rhythms with respect to corresponding expected cognitive loads in attention-related and relaxed tasks. This study validates the NeuroMonitor ambulatory EEG device data and shows a use-case for real-life cognitive load studies.

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2014 IEEE Healthcare Innovation Conference, HIC 2014