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Recovering parameters of joint models of human EEG and behavior during decision making

Dr. Michael D. Nunez
University of Amsterdam ~ Psychological Methods
Prof. Ramesh Srinivasan
University of California, Irvine ~ Cognitive Sciences
Joachim Vandekerckhove
University of California, Irvine ~ Department of Cognitive Sciences

Fitting drift-diffusion models (DDMs) to multiple participants’ choices and response times during perceptual decision making tasks result in parameter estimates that have cognitive interpretations such as individual differences in speed-accuracy tradeoffs and the average rates of evidence accumulation. The cognitive interpretations of DDM parameters can then be verified with experimental conditions and manipulations. Fitting neural drift-diffusion models (NDDMs) to participants’ scalp-recorded EEG as well as choices and response times can further reveal additional individual differences in cognition, such as individual differences in visual attention, visual encoding time (VET), and evidence accumulation processes. We discuss our recent efforts to develop NDDMs that are useful in understanding differences across individuals. In particular we are interested in models that actually recover parameters from simulated behavior and EEG data. Often newly developed NDDMs converge to a solution when using hierarchical Bayesian methods. However, whether the posterior distributions of parameters are informative about individual differences is not clear unless parameter recovery and parameter generalization to similar models are confirmed. In particular we discuss modeling efforts to understand individual differences in cognition that cannot be learned with models of either EEG or behavior alone.



response times
drift diffusion model (DDM)
hierarchical Bayes
model-based cognitive neuroscience
Why lapse parameter did not recover? Last updated 2 years ago

Hi M.D. Nunez, thank you for your interesting talk about joint modeling of EEG and behavior. I have two questions. The first one is about a lapse probability parameter. Why do you think the recovery did not work for this parameter in both models? The second question is about EEG power band. Is that the average band you estimate per participan...

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Nunez, M., Srinivasan, R., & Vandekerckhove, J. (2021, July). Recovering parameters of joint models of human EEG and behavior during decision making. Paper presented at Virtual MathPsych/ICCM 2021. Via