A Comparison of SSVEP-Based BCI-Performance Between Different Age Groups

  • Felix Gembler
  • Piotr Stawicki
  • Ivan VolosyakEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9094)


In this paper we compare the performance of a SSVEP-based BCI spelling application of two different equally sized age groups (five subjects each, ranging from 19 to 27 years and 66 to 70 years). Our results confirm that elderly people may have a slightly deteriorated information transfer rate (ITR). The mean (SD) ITR of the young age group was 27.18 (8.82) bit/min while the elderly people achieved an ITR of 14.42 (6.29) bit/min. The results show that the subject age must be taken into account during the development of a SSVEP-based application.


BCI (Brain-Computer Interface) SSVEP (Steady-State Visual Evoked Potential) LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Speller Age 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Technology and BionicsRhine-Waal University of Applied SciencesKleveGermany

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