Wolfgang Skrandies

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The use of coherence is a well-established standard approach for the analysis of biomedical signals. Being entirely based on frequency analysis, i.e., on spectral properties of the signal, it is not possible to obtain any information about the temporal structure of coherence which is useful in the study of brain dynamics, for example. Extending the concept(More)
Perceptual learning in the peripheral visual field was studied in 24 adults using vernier targets. The aim was to relate perceptual improvements to changes of electrical brain activity. Thresholds were measured before, during, and after training, and on the next day. During training, the subjects passively looked at suprathreshold targets, and EEG activity(More)
We studied human perceptual learning in the peripheral visual field in 16 healthy adults. Horizontal or vertical vernier stimuli were presented simultaneously at 8 locations at an eccentricity of 4 degrees . One of the stimuli displayed an offset, and subjects were asked to detect the target offset. Training was performed with either vertical or horizontal(More)
Electroencephalographic (EEG) and evoked activity can be recorded non-invasively in order to monitor human brain activation online. Electrical fields are generated by large intracranial neural populations and spread to the scalp through volume conduction. All measured signals depend on the location of the recording and reference electrodes. Simultaneous(More)
The activity of cortical neurons is influenced by retinal stimulus location and temporal modulation. We investigated how reversal frequency of black-and-white checkerboard patterns presented in different parts of the visual field affects evoked potential topography. Visual evoked potentials were recorded from an array of 16 electrodes over the occipital(More)
Japanese Kanji constitutes meaningful logograms, and its processing shows interhemispheric features. In the present study, human semantic learning of Kanji characters in 18 healthy native German adults was examined. Twenty Kanji characters were presented before and after a learning phase of about 20 min, and the electroencephalographic activity was recorded(More)
The semantic differential technique is used to statistically define connotative dimensions of meaning. The brain depends on these dimensions to process words. Earlier studies demonstrated that stimuli of the different semantic classes led to differences in neuronal processing. We investigated the influence of connotative meaning on multisensory processing(More)
The connotative meaning of words can be quantified statistically by the "semantic differential technique" resulting in statistically defined, independent dimensions where every word is uniquely located on the three dimensional evaluation. In an earlier study on German subjects we demonstrated that there are electrophysiological correlates of these meaning(More)
In the present study we investigated the influence of body weight as defined by BMI on gustatory and olfactory perception. A total of 66 healthy adults (41 females; 25 males) participated in psychophysical measurements using the "Sniffin' Sticks" test and "Taste Strips" test. Odor thresholds as well as discrimination and identification performance were(More)
We investigated the change of evoked EEG frequencies induced by learning to solve mathematical tasks by applying divisibility rules. The performance on easy (divisibility by 2, 3, or 5) and hard tasks (divisibility by 9 or by 11) was compared. In a behavioral experiment on 52 adults we found a significant increase in performance from 67% to 90% correct(More)