[FieldTrip] a question about preprocessing

Elisa Tatti elisatatti at msn.com
Mon Apr 18 15:46:04 CEST 2022

Hello Masoud,

I never run ICA on interpolated data. As the data are interpolated with the average value across the neighbor channels, you may affect negatively the ICA algorithm.
Thus, I usually remove the bad channels and epochs, run the ICA without them, remove the artifactual components and then interpolate the channels I removed.
For the same reason, I usually re-reference the data at the end of the preprocessing.

Best wishes,

Elisa Tatti, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

CUNY, School of Medicine

160 Convent ave


New York City, NY

Tel. +1 3472043952

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Subject: [FieldTrip] a question about preprocessing

Dear fieldtrip community
I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to you with the hope that you might be able to help me to find a proper answer for a question which I have been dealing with.

I am a master student in Biomedical Engineering and I've been using the EEGlab toolbox to preprocess the acquired EEG data for my master thesis.

My question is about EEG preprocessing orders, more specifically when is more suitable to apply ICA  to my data. In my current setting, first, I downsample data and use a hp filter (cut-off frequency is 1 Hz), then I interpolate the suspected bad channels, but I don't know if I should use ICA and then use re-referencing or vice versa?

Although I know there is no definite answer for this question, it would be highly appreciated if you kindly share your opinion and experience as an expert in this field  with me, and let me know if my current preprocessing setting is appropriate and, specifically, should I use re-referencing after ICA or before that?

Thank you in advance for your consideration. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

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