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New recommendations on best practices in neuroimaging research

19.10.2020

In a nutshell: New recommendations for reporting on EEG and MEG experiments aim to improve the reproducibility of neuroimaging research.

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New recommendations on best practices in neuroimaging research

Neuroimaging has become an integral part of neuroscience research. Non-invasive techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) map human brain activity by recording electrical activity or magnetic fields in the brain, respectively.

To ensure that neuroimaging studies can be reproduced – a fundamental tenet of scientific research – the Organization for Human Brain Mapping has called for standards in how data is acquired, analysed, reported and shared.

The organization’s Committee on Best Practices in Data Analysis and Sharing has now released recommendations on best practices in EEG and MEG research.

The recommendations were put together by an international committee of expert researchers, including Brain Function CoE investigator Marta Garrido, who collaborated with the EEG and MEG research communities.

The recommendations include best practices in research methodology and reporting. They outline the basic features of neuroimaging experiments that researchers should describe when reporting on their research. They also promote sharing of data and code.

Next steps:
The recommendations correspond to best practices in 2019 and 2020. They are a ‘living’ document that can be updated by the research community as the field evolves and new methods and approaches emerge.


Reference:
Pernet, C., Garrido, M. I., Gramfort, A., Maurits, N., Michel, C. M., Pang, E., Salmelin, R., Schoffelen, J. M., Valdes-Sosa, P. A., & Puce, A. (2020). Issues and recommendations from the OHBM COBIDAS MEEG committee for reproducible EEG and MEG research. Nature Neuroscience, doi: 10.1038/s41593-020-00709-0


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