Signal Processing for Neuroscientists

An Introduction to the Analysis of Physiological Signals


  • Wim van Drongelen, University of Chicago, Department of Pediatrics, Illinois, USA

Signal Processing for Neuroscientists introduces analysis techniques primarily aimed at neuroscientists and biomedical engineering students with a reasonable but modest background in mathematics, physics, and computer programming. The focus of this text is on what can be considered the ‘golden trio’ in the signal processing field: averaging, Fourier analysis, and filtering. Techniques such as convolution, correlation, coherence, and wavelet analysis are considered in the context of time and frequency domain analysis. The whole spectrum of signal analysis is covered, ranging from data acquisition to data processing; and from the mathematical background of the analysis to the practical application of processing algorithms. Overall, the approach to the mathematics is informal with a focus on basic understanding of the methods and their interrelationships rather than detailed proofs or derivations. One of the principle goals is to provide the reader with the background required to understand the principles of commercially available analyses software, and to allow him/her to construct his/her own analysis tools in an environment such as MATLAB®.
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Neuroscientists and biomedical engineering students.


Book information

  • Published: December 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-370867-0

Table of Contents

Introduction Data AcquisitionNoiseSignal Averaging Real and Complex Fourier Series Continuous, Discrete, and Fast Fourier Transform Fourier Transform Applications LTI systems, Convolution, Correlation, and CoherenceLaplace and z-TransformIntroduction to Filters: the RC-Circuit Filters: AnalysisFilters: Specification, Bode plot, Nyquist plotFilters: Digital FiltersSpike Train AnalysisWavelet Analysis: Time Domain Properties Wavelet Analysis: Frequency Domain PropertiesNonlinear Techniques