Phase Synchronization Between EEG Signals as a Function of Differences Between Stimuli Characteristics

L. ten Bosch, K. Mulder, L. Boves


The neural processing of speech leads to specific patterns in the brain which can be measured as, e.g., EEG signals. When properly aligned with the speech input and averaged over many tokens, the Event Related Potential (ERP) signal is able to differentiate specific contrasts between speech signals. Well-known effects relate to the difference between expected and unexpected words, in particular in the N400, while effects in N100 and P200 are related to attention and acoustic onset effects. Most EEG studies deal with the amplitude of EEG signals over time, sidestepping the effect of phase and phase synchronization. This paper investigates the relation between phase in the EEG signals measured in an auditory lexical decision task by Dutch participants listening to full and reduced English word forms. We show that phase synchronization takes place across stimulus conditions, and that the so-called circular variance is narrowly related to the type of contrast between stimuli.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2443

Cite as: Bosch, L.T., Mulder, K., Boves, L. (2019) Phase Synchronization Between EEG Signals as a Function of Differences Between Stimuli Characteristics. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 1213-1217, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2443.


@inproceedings{Bosch2019,
  author={L. ten Bosch and K. Mulder and L. Boves},
  title={{Phase Synchronization Between EEG Signals as a Function of Differences Between Stimuli Characteristics}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={1213--1217},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2443},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2443}
}