Quantifying target spotting performances with complex geoscientific imagery using ERP P300 responses

Y. Sivarajah, Eun-Jung Holden, Roberto Togneri, G.W. Price, T. Tan

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    Geoscientific data interpretation is a challenging task, which requires the detection and synthesis of complex patterns within data. As a first step towards better understanding this interpretation process, our research focuses on quantitative monitoring of interpreters' brain responses associated with geoscientific target spotting. This paper presents a method that profiles brain responses using electroencephalography (EEG) to detect P300-like responses that are associated with target spotting for complex geoscientific data. In our experiment, eight interpreters with varying levels of expertise and experience were asked to detect features, which are likely to be copper-gold rich porphyry systems within magnetic geophysical data. The target features appear in noisy background and often have incomplete shape. Magnetic images with targets and without targets were shown to participants using the "oddball" paradigm. Event related potentials were obtained by averaging the EEG epochs across multiple trials and the results show delayed P3 response to the targets, likely due to the complexity of the task. EEG epochs were classified and the results show reliable single trial classification of EEG responses with an average accuracy of 83%. The result demonstrated the usability of the P300-like responses to quantify the geoscientific target spotting performances. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)275-283
    JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Studies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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