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Front. Hum. Neurosci., 14 April 2014 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00213

ERPLAB: an open-source toolbox for the analysis of event-related potentials

  • Department of Psychology, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA, USA

ERPLAB toolbox is a freely available, open-source toolbox for processing and analyzing event-related potential (ERP) data in the MATLAB environment. ERPLAB is closely integrated with EEGLAB, a popular open-source toolbox that provides many EEG preprocessing steps and an excellent user interface design. ERPLAB adds to EEGLAB’s EEG processing functions, providing additional tools for filtering, artifact detection, re-referencing, and sorting of events, among others. ERPLAB also provides robust tools for averaging EEG segments together to create averaged ERPs, for creating difference waves and other recombinations of ERP waveforms through algebraic expressions, for filtering and re-referencing the averaged ERPs, for plotting ERP waveforms and scalp maps, and for quantifying several types of amplitudes and latencies. ERPLAB’s tools can be accessed either from an easy-to-learn graphical user interface or from MATLAB scripts, and a command history function makes it easy for users with no programming experience to write scripts. Consequently, ERPLAB provides both ease of use and virtually unlimited power and flexibility, making it appropriate for the analysis of both simple and complex ERP experiments. Several forms of documentation are available, including a detailed user’s guide, a step-by-step tutorial, a scripting guide, and a set of video-based demonstrations.

Keywords: event-related potential (ERP), matlab toolbox, open source, data analysis, signal processing

Citation: Lopez-Calderon J and Luck SJ (2014) ERPLAB: an open-source toolbox for the analysis of event-related potentials. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:213. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00213

Received: 18 November 2013; Accepted: 26 March 2014;
Published online: 14 April 2014.

Edited by:

Hauke R. Heekeren, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Reviewed by:

David Groppe, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, USA
Antigona Martinez, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, USA

Copyright © 2014 Lopez-Calderon and Luck. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

*Correspondence: Steven J. Luck, Department of Psychology, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California-Davis, 267 Cousteau Place, Davis, CA 95618, USA e-mail: sjluck@ucdavis.edu