Alpha-band power in the left frontal cortex discriminates the execution of fixed stimulus during saccadic eye movement

J. Bittencourt, S. Machado, S. Teixeira, G. Schlee, J.I. Salles, H. Budde, L.F. Basile, A.E. Nardi, M. Cagy, R. Piedade, A.T. Sack, B. Velasques, P. Ribeiro

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Abstract

Introduction: The saccadic paradigm has been used to investigate specific cortical networks involving attention. The behavioral and electrophysiological investigations of the SEM contribute significantly to the understanding of attentive patterns presented of neurological and psychiatric disorders and sports performance. Objective: The current study aimed to investigate absolute alpha power changes in sensorimotor brain regions and the frontal eye fields during the execution of a saccadic task. Methods: Twelve healthy volunteers (mean age: 26.25; SD: +/- 4.13) performed a saccadic task while the electroencephalographic signal was simultaneously recorded for the cerebral cortex electrodes. The participants were instructed to follow the LEDs with their eyes, being submitted to two different task conditions: a fixed pattern versus a random pattern. Results: We found a moment main effect for the C3, C4, F3 and F4 electrodes and a condition main effect for the F3 electrode. We also found interaction between factor conditions and frontal electrodes. Conclusions: We conclude that absolute alpha power in the left frontal cortex discriminates the execution of the two stimulus presentation patterns during SEM. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-153
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume523
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Absolute alpha power
  • Saccadic movement
  • Quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG)
  • Sensorimotor integration
  • POSTERIOR PARIETAL CORTEX
  • SKILL ACQUISITION
  • MEMORY
  • HUMANS
  • SYNCHRONIZATION
  • NEUROANATOMY
  • PROSACCADE
  • ATTENTION
  • BEHAVIOR
  • AREAS

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Bittencourt, J., Machado, S., Teixeira, S., Schlee, G., Salles, J. I., Budde, H., Basile, L. F., Nardi, A. E., Cagy, M., Piedade, R., Sack, A. T., Velasques, B., & Ribeiro, P. (2012). Alpha-band power in the left frontal cortex discriminates the execution of fixed stimulus during saccadic eye movement. Neuroscience Letters, 523(2), 148-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2012.06.066