Efficient Recognition of Attentional Bias Using EEG Data and the NeuCube Evolving Spatio-Temporal Data Machine

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9950)


Modelling of dynamic brain activity for better understanding of human decision making processes becomes an important task in many areas of study. Inspired by importance of the attentional bias principle in human choice behaviour, we proposed a Spiking Neural Network (SNN) model for efficient recognition of attentional bias. The model is based on the evolving spatio-temporal data machine NeuCube. The proposed model is tested on a case study experimental EEG data collected from a group of subjects exemplified here on a group of moderate drinkers when they were presented by different product features (in this case different features of drinks). The results showed a very high accuracy of discriminating attentional bias to non-target objects and their features when compared with a poor performance of traditional machine learning methods. Potential applications in neuromarketing and cognitive studies are also discussed.


Spiking neural networks NeuCube Spatiotemporal EEG data Attentional bias 



The research is supported by the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute of the Auckland University of Technology ( Z. Gholami was supported by AUT summer research scholarship. A NeuCube software version is available free from:


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research InstituteAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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