Decoding of visual activity patterns from fMRI responses using multivariate pattern analyses and convolutional neural network

Raheel Zafar, Nidal Kamel, Mohamad Naufal, Aamir Saeed Malik, Sarat C. Dass, Rana Fayyaz Ahmad, Jafri M. Abdullah, Faruque Reza

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Decoding of human brain activity has always been a primary goal in neuroscience especially with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. In recent years, Convolutional neural network (CNN) has become a popular method for the extraction of features due to its higher accuracy, however it needs a lot of computation and training data. In this study, an algorithm is developed using Multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) and modified CNN to decode the behavior of the brain for different images with limited data sets. Selection of significant features is an important part of fMRI data analysis, since it reduces the computational burden and improves the prediction performance; significant features are selected using a t-test. MVPA uses machine learning algorithms to classify different brain states and helps with prediction during the task. General linear model (GLM) is used to find the unknown parameters of every individual voxel and a classification is done using a multi-class support vector machine (SVM). A proposed MVPA-CNN based algorithm is compared with a region of interest (ROI) based method and MVPA based estimated values. The proposed method showed better overall accuracy (68.6%) compared to ROI (61.88%) and estimation values (64.17%).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-289
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Integrative Neuroscience
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2018


  • Convolutional neural network
  • fMRI
  • MVPA
  • GLM
  • SVM

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