Language-training induced changes of ERPs (amplitude, peak delay, onset) in stroke patients with aphasia

Does the P300 onset indicate training progress of a BCI-supported language rehabilitation training?


Left-hemispheric stroke can lead to different language deficits, which are a heavy burden both, for the individual and his/her social interaction, as well as for society. While spontaneous recovery in the first weeks after the stroke may reduce this so-called aphasia, many patients remain with different language problems also in the chronic phase. The rehabilitation of these stroke-induced language deficits can be brought forward in chronic patients with a novel BCI-based training approach developed in our research group. The training comprises the presentation of sequences of words and requires patients to focus their attention to target words while ignoring non-target words. The training so far has been tested successfully in a pilot trial (see During the training, the BCI system evaluates event-related potentials (ERPs) that are evoked by both, target and non-target words.

Research question

To better understand the underlying mechanisms of the observed training success, we would like to investigate the following question:

Can changes of P300 ERP peaks inform about the training progress during language training of patients with aphasia?

Skills required:

  • BCI background by accomplished course SOW-BKI 323 or SOW-MKI 74
  • Good programming skills in Python (familiarity with numpy, sklearn, at least one popular deep learning framework).
  • Good mathematical background and intuition.
  • Machine learning background
Michael Tangermann
Michael Tangermann
Head of the Lab, Associate Professor, PI