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An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique (Cognitive Neuroscience) [Paperback]

Steven J Luck
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20 Sep 2005 0262621967 978-0262621960
The event-related potential (ERP) technique in cognitive neuroscience allows scientists to observe human brain activity that reflects specific cognitive processes. In An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique, Steve Luck offers the first comprehensive guide to the practicalities of conducting ERP experiments in cognitive neuroscience and related fields, including affective neuroscience and experimental psychopathology. The book can serve as a guide for the classroom or the laboratory and as a reference for researchers who do not conduct ERP studies themselves but need to understand and evaluate ERP experiments in the literature. It summarizes the accumulated body of ERP theory and practice, providing detailed, practical advice about how to design, conduct, and interpret ERP experiments, and presents the theoretical background needed to understand why an experiment is carried out in a particular way. Luck focuses on the most fundamental techniques, describing them as they are used in many of the world's leading ERP laboratories. These techniques reflect a long history of electrophysiological recordings and provide an excellent foundation for more advanced approaches. The book also provides advice on the key topic of how to design ERP experiments so that they will be useful in answering questions of broad scientific interest. This reflects the increasing proportion of ERP research that focuses on these broader questions rather than the "ERPology" of early studies, which concentrated primarily on ERP components and methods. Topics covered include the neural origins of ERPs, signal averaging, artifact rejection and correction, filtering, measurement and analysis, localization, and the practicalities of setting up the lab.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (20 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262621967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262621960
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 17.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Steve Luck has written an authoritative and highly readable treatise that will enlighten researchers of event-related brain potentials at all levels of expertise. As befits an introduction, the basic principles and practical information for beginners are covered in depth, yet the book also includes penetrating discussions of experimental design and interpretation that will engage the most experienced investigator. The eight chapters are spiced with personal anecdotes recounting hard-earned lessons from the laboratory and laced with illustrative examples of how and how not to conduct ERP experiments. Luck writes with a sparkling style that is as engrossing as it is informative. I read the book from cover to cover." --Steven A. Hillyard, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego

"This book serves as an outstanding introduction to the recording and interpretation of electrical signals from the scalp. It will be essential for all researchers starting to use ERPs to explore psychological issues." --Michael Posner, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

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Steven J. Luck is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. A leading authority on ERP research, he leads ERP Boot Camps that provide ERP training to researchers from around the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have 18 Jun 2014
By Hanna
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If you ever work with event related potentials be it using MEG or EEG do read this book. It's a very enjoyable read; it's easy to read and not too technical for a first timer, it explains all the major problems in analysis and preprocessing you might face and how to get around them. I highly recommend this book - I bought this when I had my first job as a lab assistant before my final year as an undergraduate and I still use it as a reference as a PhD student - I also recommend it without hesitation to anyone who enters our lab or expresses any interest in EEG research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EEG-ERP introductions 17 April 2014
By P. Rys
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I'm a first master student psychology and I needed an introductory course in ERP and EEG, this book was a great way to get a feeling for most of these types o experiments. The writing style is very fluent and sometimes witty, the book starts by explaining the real foundations and every subsequent chapter builds further upon the previous and gets a bit more complex. This makes the final chapters on analysis a little bit tricky, however it is definitely possible to form a coherent view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ERP book 27 Dec 2013
By M.D.
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This is an excellent book for beginners. A reference for graduate students starting there research with ERP's.
Not an advanced level book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book, even went on the course! 19 Aug 2013
By MWil
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This book is the EEG bible, I don't know a researcher without it! I'd also recommend the ERP boot camp conducted by the author Steve Luck, really puts the book in a more practical light.
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the only shortcoming of this perfect introductory book is the very limited number of (BW) pictures, these are necessary to be a fully appreciated ERP lab introduction book for university and PhD students.
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