Thesis / Dissertation

Using long-wear electroencephalography to ascertain the variability of Lempel-Ziv Complexity (LZc) measures of consciousness

Giana Rose Patel, Olivia Carter (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

It has been recently claimed that measures of spontaneous electroencephalography (EEG) signal complexity, such as Lempel-Ziv Complexity (LZc), can provide an index of an individual’s level of consciousness. Research and clinical practice are currently limited to unreliable behavioural and physiological measures to indicate consciousness. Therefore, there is significant urgency for an objective, reliable, brain-based measure of consciousness. EEG complexity measures utilise algorithms from Information Theory to quantify the diversity in spontaneous EEG data. These are being used to measure the diverse neural activity which necessarily underlies conscious experience. LZc assesses the complexit..

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