`vignettes/time-frequency-analysis.Rmd`

`time-frequency-analysis.Rmd`

Periodicity is commonly observed in EEG signals. For example, oscillations in the alpha frequency range (approximately 8-13 Hz) were one of the first signals observed in the human EEG. One method of analysing this periodicity is to calculate the Power Spectral Density using a method such as Welch’s FFT.

In `eegUtils`

, this can be achieved using `compute_psd()`

and `plot_psd()`

. With epoched data, `compute_psd()`

calculates the PSD for each trial separately. `compute_psd()`

returns a data.frame with spectral power at each resolved frequency and for each electrode. Note that `plot_psd()`

can be called directly on `eeg_data`

or `eeg_epochs`

objects without first having to `compute_psd()`

. With epoched data, it will average over epochs before plotting.

```
library(eegUtils)
#> Make sure to check for the latest development version at https://github.com/craddm/eegUtils!
#>
#> Attaching package: 'eegUtils'
#> The following object is masked from 'package:stats':
#>
#> filter
demo_psd <- compute_psd(demo_epochs)
#> Removing channel means per epoch...
plot_psd(demo_epochs)
#> Removing channel means per epoch...
```

Frequency analysis necessarily discards temporal information. One problem is that it assumes stationarity - that the signal remains stable in terms of frequency and power across the whole analysed time window. However, this is rarely the case with EEG data;

Time-frequency analysis is a method of accounting for non-stationarity by decomposing the signal using a moving-window analysis, tiling the time-frequency space to resolve power over relatively shorter time-windows.

In `eegUtils`

, `compute_tfr()`

can be used to calculate a time-frequency representation of `eeg_epochs()`

. Currently, this is achieved using Morlet wavelets. Morlet wavelets are used to window the signal, controlling spectral leakage and time-frequency specificity. Morlet wavelets have a user-defined temporal extent, which in turn determines the frequency extent. We define the temporal extent of our wavelets by **cycles**; we define it as an integer number of cycles at each frequency of interest.

```
demo_tfr <- compute_tfr(demo_epochs,
method = "morlet",
foi = c(4, 30),
n_freq = 12,
n_cycles = 3)
demo_tfr
#> Epoched EEG TFR data
#>
#> Frequency range : 4 6.36 8.73 11.09 13.45 15.82 18.18 20.55 22.91 25.27 27.64 30
#> Number of channels : 11
#> Electrode names : A5 A13 A21 A29 A31 B5 B6 B8 B16 B18 B26
#> Number of epochs : None, averaged.
#> Epoch limits : -0.197 - 0.451 seconds
#> Sampling rate : 128 Hz
```

Note that the characteristics of the wavelets, in terms of temporal and frequency standard deviations, are stored inside the object:

```
demo_tfr$freq_info$morlet_resolution
#> sigma_f sigma_t
#> 1 1.333333 0.11936621
#> 2 2.121212 0.07503019
#> 3 2.909091 0.05470951
#> 4 3.696970 0.04305011
#> 5 4.484848 0.03548725
#> 6 5.272727 0.03018456
#> 7 6.060606 0.02626057
#> 8 6.848485 0.02323944
#> 9 7.636364 0.02084172
#> 10 8.424242 0.01889249
#> 11 9.212121 0.01727669
#> 12 10.000000 0.01591549
```

The results of the time-frequency transformation can be plotted using the `plot_tfr()`

function.

`plot_tfr(demo_tfr)`

Baseline correction is common in the literature. Several different methods are possible, both for plotting only, and as a modification to the object using `rm_baseline`

.