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      Good practice for conducting and reporting MEG research

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          Abstract

          Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings are a rich source of information about the neural dynamics underlying cognitive processes in the brain, with excellent temporal and good spatial resolution. In recent years there have been considerable advances in MEG hardware developments and methods. Sophisticated analysis techniques are now routinely applied and continuously improved, leading to fascinating insights into the intricate dynamics of neural processes. However, the rapidly increasing level of complexity of the different steps in a MEG study make it difficult for novices, and sometimes even for experts, to stay aware of possible limitations and caveats. Furthermore, the complexity of MEG data acquisition and data analysis requires special attention when describing MEG studies in publications, in order to facilitate interpretation and reproduction of the results. This manuscript aims at making recommendations for a number of important data acquisition and data analysis steps and suggests details that should be specified in manuscripts reporting MEG studies. These recommendations will hopefully serve as guidelines that help to strengthen the position of the MEG research community within the field of neuroscience, and may foster discussion in order to further enhance the quality and impact of MEG research.

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          Journal
          Neuroimage
          Neuroimage
          Neuroimage
          Academic Press
          1053-8119
          1095-9572
          15 January 2013
          15 January 2013
          : 65
          : 100
          : 349-363
          Affiliations
          [a ]Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
          [b ]McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
          [c ]Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, WC1N 3BG UK
          [d ]MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK
          [e ]Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and Magnetoencephalography Center, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
          [f ]Radboud University Nijmegen, Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
          [g ]Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL), INSERM U1028, CNRS UMR5292, Lyon University, Lyon, France
          [h ]MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
          [i ]Brain Research Unit, O.V. Lounasmaa laboratory, Aalto University School of Science, Espoo, Finland
          [j ]Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, Aalto University School of Science, Espoo, Finland
          [k ]INSERM, U992, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France
          [l ]CEA, DSV/I2BM, NeuroSpin Center, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France
          [m ]Univ Paris-Sud, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France
          [n ]Brain Imaging Centre, Frankfurt, Germany
          [o ]MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
          Author notes
          [* ]Corresponding author at: Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi), Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, 58 Hillhead Street, G12 8QB. Fax: + 44 141 330 3947/5086. Joachim.Gross@ 123456glasgow.ac.uk
          Article
          S1053-8119(12)00989-5
          10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.10.001
          3925794
          23046981
          f45c2a6f-ef05-4bd3-af81-6c3d81ac8505
          © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

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          : 1 October 2012
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