CE Workshop 10: Advances in Event-Related Potential Methods for Assessing Clinical Populations

Course Date: Friday, February 03, 2023

Course Time: 07:20 - 08:50 (07:20 AM - 08:50 AM)

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Credit Hours: 1.5
Instructor(s) Steven J. Luck

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Steven J. Luck, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

University of California, Davis

Credit Hours: 1.5

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

CE Workshop 10: Advances in Event-Related Potential Methods for Assessing Clinical Populations

Abstract & Learning Objectives:

Event-related potentials (ERPs) have been used to examine perceptual, cognitive, motor, and affective processes for over 50 years. Although newer techniques provide greater neuroanatomical specificity, the excellent temporal resolution and ease of acquisition of ERPs continue to be highly valuable. In addition, continued methodological refinements have made it possible to answer progressively more sophisticated questions using ERPs. In this presentation, I will describe several key methodological improvements that are now in widespread use or are on the verge of becoming widely used. This will include improved recording methods, such as innovations in electrodes that allow both fast and low-noise EEG acquisition. It will also include EEG preprocessing methods that minimize artifacts and increase the signal-to-noise ratio of the ERPs. Finally, it will include multivariate pattern analysis methods that can be used to “decode” what a participant perceives and stores in working memory. Together, these new methods have dramatically increased the information that can be obtained about dysfunctional brain activity in clinical populations.

Upon conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

1. Evaluate and critically assess ERP studies of clinical populations that were published over the last decade, making use of advanced recording and analysis methods that are now widely used

2. Evaluate and critically assess ERP studies of clinical populations that have been published recently or will be published in the near future that take advantage of state-of-the-art recording and analysis methods, such as dry electrodes and multivariate pattern analysis

3. Integrate recent and emerging research findings into your research or clinical practice

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Steven J. Luck is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention and working memory, both in neurotypical individuals and in people with schizophrenia. Dr. Luck has used ERPs in this research for over 35 years. 

Dr. Luck also devotes considerable time to the development and promotion of high-quality ERP methods in both basic and translational research. His monograph on ERP methods (An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique) is the standard text in the field, and he has recently written a follow-up monograph (Applied Event-Related Potential Data Analysis) that shows how analysis methods are applied to real data. Dr. Luck also leads a yearly NIH-funded 10-day summer workshop on ERPs (The ERP Boot Camp) and has led more than 40 shorter Mini ERP Boot Camps at universities around the world. Together, he has provided ERP training to more than 5000 researchers. In addition, he oversees the development of an NIMH-funded ERP data analysis toolbox (ERPLAB Toolbox) that has been used in more than 2000 published papers.