[Eeglablist] How do pauses (boundary events) influence filtering of EEG data?

Andreas Widmann widmann at uni-leipzig.de
Fri Apr 16 09:17:23 PDT 2021

Dear Pia,

Filtering must be done on the continuous data before epoching. The FIR filter functions („Basic FIR filter (new, default)“/pop_eegfiltnew, „Windowed sinc FIR filter“/pop_firws, pop_firpm, and pop_firpm) will automatically take „boundary" events into account, that is, filter both segments of your continuous data separately.

Caveat: Not all data import functions/plugins do actually import and/or correctly rename (all) DC offset events to „boundary“ (e.g., bdfimport). So, check whether you actually have an event of type „boundary“ where expected.

Hope this helps! Best,

> Am 16.04.2021 um 15:52 schrieb piabinkmann--- via eeglablist <eeglablist at sccn.ucsd.edu>:
> Dear all,  I have a question regarding filtering EEG data where therewas a pause during the recording. To be more precise, we are pausing therecording in the middle of our sequence to give the participant some rest andthen continue with the recording. In the end we have one data file with anadditional boundary event in the middle (thus, no need to merge datasets). Theepoch containing the boundary event will be excluded for the ERP analysis.  Now, I read in Widmann et al. 2015 that ‘filters must not beapplied across signal discontinuities’. I assume that the reasoning behind thisis that the DC offset will change. How can I solve this? Is itsufficient to exclude the epochs with boundary events, or shall I split thedata and process it separately and combine it again only after ICAdecomposition and artifact rejection? Thank you already for your input! Best wishes, Pia Pia BrinkmannPhD CandidateMaastricht University | Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience |Department of Neuropsychology & Psychopharmacology
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