Delay estimation between EEG and EMG via coherence with time lag

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The traditional way to estimate the time delay between the motor cortex and the periphery is based on the estimation of the slope of the phase of the cross spectral density between motor cortex electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyog-raphy (EMG) signals recorded synchronously during a motor control task. There are several issues that could make the delay estimation using this method subject to errors, leading frequently to estimates which are in disagreement with underlying physiology. This study introduces cortico-muscular coherence with time lag (CMCTL) function and proposes a method for estimating the delay based on finding its local maxima. We further address the issue of the interpretation of such time delay in multi-path propagation systems. Delay estimates obtained using the proposed method are more consistent compared with results obtained using the phase method and in a better agreement with physiological facts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734-738
Number of pages5
Journal 2016 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2016
Event41st IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2016 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 20 Mar 201625 Mar 2016


  • Cortico-muscular coherence
  • EEG
  • EMG
  • time delay

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