Brain Topography

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 97–104 | Cite as

The Influence of Cognitive Tasks on Different Frequencies Steady-state Visual Evoked Potentials

Original Paper


Previous studies suggested that there exists different neural networks for different frequency bands of steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP). What is the effect of the same cognitive task on different frequency SSVEPs? In this work, when a subject was conducting a graded memory task, a 8.3 or 20 Hz flicker was used as a background stimulation. The recorded EEGs were analyzed by the method of steady-state probe topography (SSPT), the results showed that SSVEPs under these two flicker conditions were similar to each other in the various stages of memory process, and were similar to the result of a high alpha band SSVEP as reported before. However, the SSVEP amplitude and latency in the lower frequency band is more clear and stable than that in the higher frequency band. These results suggest that the same cognitive task affects the different frequency SSVEP in a similar way, and the low frequency flicker is a better choice than the high frequency one in such as working memory study.


Steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) Steady-state probe topography (SSPT) Memory task Flicker 


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The work was supported by the 973 project 2003CB716106 and NSFC (# 30525030, #60571019), thanks to Mr. Liao Xiang and Ms.Wu Dan for their helps in data collections.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of NeuroInformatics, School of Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChengduChina

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