Regional brain electrical asymmetries discriminate between previously depressed and healthy control subjects

Jeffrey B. Henriques, Richard J. Davidson
1990 Journal of Abnormal Psychology  
Baseline resting electroencephalogram (EEG) activity was recorded from 6 normothymic depressives and 8 controls using three different reference montages. Power in all frequency bands was extracted by Fourier transformation. Significant Group × Region × Hemisphere interactions were found consistently for alpha band power only. Previously depressed subjects had less left-sided anterior and less fight-sided posterior activation (i.e., more alpha activity) than did never depressed subjects.
more » ... ly depressed subjects had no history of pharmacological treatment and did not differ from controls in emotional state at the time of testing. The pattern of anterior and posterior asymmetry in the previously depressed subjects is similar to that found in acutely depressed subjects and suggests that this may be a state-independent marker for depression.
doi:10.1037/0021-843x.99.1.22 fatcat:p3yvnodl5bfctapzp3zzxtqc34