Document Type : Full Research Paper


1 M.Sc. Student, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran



Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the fourth most common mental disorder and the tenth cause of disability worldwide. This disorder can lead to cognitive impariments in attention, memory, thinking, auditory processing of words and visual cognition. Previous studies have demonstrated that OCD is associated with changes in connectivity between different lobes of the brain. Hence, the quantification of symmetry and connectivity between different brain regions has attracted great attention. This study has provided a new efficient approach based on analytic representation of EEG signals and statistical features to quantify the difference of intrinsic components of brain activity between brain lobes. For this purpose, phase spectra and amplitude envelopes of the analytic EEG signals have been extracted and analyzed. Furthermore, Non-Negative Least Square sparse classification method has been used for discriminating between healthy control group and OCD patients. The detection capability of the proposed method has been studied in 19 healthy subjects and 11 patients, performing simple flanker tasks. The obtained results have demonstrated the effectiveness of the combined amplitude and phase information in OCD detection with high average accuracy rate of 93.78 %. In comparison between different regions, the inter-hemispheric features and those extracted from the frontal lobe and frontal-parietal network have shown more efficiency in diagnosing the OCD. This study has also highlighted more importance of amplitude information in the OCD detection.


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