Clinical Neuroscience

[LORETA (Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography): A three-dimensional EEG source localization method]


SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

Clinical Neuroscience - 2011;64(09-10)

[The author presents a brief overview of the EEG source localization method LORETA (Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography) with special reference to the not widely discussed data.]



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