Development of a Computer Simulator of the Visual N2 Event-Related Potential Component for the Study of Cognitive Processes

  • Francesca Marturano
  • Sabrina Brigadoi
  • Mattia Doro
  • Roberto Dell’Acqua
  • Giovanni SparacinoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFMBE Proceedings book series (IFMBE, volume 76)


The importance of visual N2 Event-Related Potential (ERP) component in the study of cognitive processes lies in its interpretation as a measure of the allocation of visual attention to possible targets. Unfortunately, the N2 component has a small amplitude and the domain of validity of methods used for its estimation is difficult to assess if real data are considered. Here, we develop a computer simulator of ERP measurements emulating the variability of the visual N2 component and use the synthetic data to evaluate the performance of four popular literature ERP estimation methods. Results confirmed that a solid simulation framework could allow identifying a reliable method to detect small-amplitude ERP components and quantifying its accuracy.


Visual N2 ERP modeling EEG signal processing Gaussian mixture models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PadovaPaduaItaly

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