Frontal Electroencephalogram Alpha Asymmetry During Sleep: Stability and Its Relation to Affective Style. Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) alpha (8-12 Hz) asymmetries were collected from the mid-frontal and central regions during presleep wakefulness and Stage 1, Stage 2, and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in 11 healthy right-handed participants who were free of psychiatric, neurological, and sleep problems. The authors found significant correlations between presleep wakefulness and different stages of sleep in the frontal, but not central, EEG alpha asymmetry measure. The strongest correlation was between presleep waking and REM sleep, replicating and extending relation earlier work to a normal population. The high degree of association between presleep waking and REM sleep may be a result of high cortical activation common to these states and may reflect a predisposition to different styles of emotional reactivity.


  • Schmidt, Louis
  • Cote, Kimberly A
  • Santesso, Diane L
  • Milner, Catherine E

publication date

  • December 2003