Visualize source time courses (stcs)

This tutorial focuses on visualization of stcs.

Surface Source Estimates

First, we get the paths for the evoked data and the time courses (stcs).

import os
import os.path as op

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

import mne
from mne.datasets import sample
from mne.minimum_norm import apply_inverse, read_inverse_operator
from mne import read_evokeds

data_path = sample.data_path()
sample_dir = os.path.join(data_path, 'MEG', 'sample')
subjects_dir = os.path.join(data_path, 'subjects')

fname_evoked = data_path + '/MEG/sample/sample_audvis-ave.fif'
fname_stc = os.path.join(sample_dir, 'sample_audvis-meg')

Then, we read the stc from file

stc = mne.read_source_estimate(fname_stc, subject='sample')

This is a SourceEstimate object



<SourceEstimate | 7498 vertices, subject : sample, tmin : 0.0 (ms), tmax : 240.0 (ms), tstep : 10.0 (ms), data shape : (7498, 25), ~791 kB>

The SourceEstimate object is in fact a surface source estimate. MNE also supports volume-based source estimates but more on that later.

We can plot the source estimate using the stc.plot just as in other MNE objects. Note that for this visualization to work, you must have mayavi and pysurfer installed on your machine.

initial_time = 0.1
brain = stc.plot(subjects_dir=subjects_dir, initial_time=initial_time,
                 clim=dict(kind='value', lims=[3, 6, 9]))
plot visualize stc

You can also morph it to fsaverage and visualize it using a flatmap:

stc_fs = mne.compute_source_morph(stc, 'sample', 'fsaverage', subjects_dir,
                                  smooth=5, verbose='error').apply(stc)
brain = stc_fs.plot(subjects_dir=subjects_dir, initial_time=initial_time,
                    clim=dict(kind='value', lims=[3, 6, 9]),
                    surface='flat', hemi='split', size=(1000, 500),
                    smoothing_steps=5, time_viewer=False,
# You can save a movie like the one on our documentation website with:
# brain.save_movie(time_dilation=20, tmin=0.05, tmax=0.16,
#                  interpolation='linear', framerate=10)