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Relationship between the amplitude of alpha waves and reaction time


Kirschfeld,  K
Former Department Comparative Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Kirschfeld, K. (2008). Relationship between the amplitude of alpha waves and reaction time. Neuroreport, 19(9), 907-910. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e328302c545.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-C8DD-4
The amplitude of [alpha] waves in an ongoing electroencephalogram can be reduced by visual stimuli and by attention. We reduced [alpha] amplitudes by presenting a short visual stimulus in the visual periphery, 10[degrees] apart from the fovea, and measured (i) the decrease of [alpha] amplitudes as a function of time and (ii) delays in reaction to foveal stimuli presented at various intervals after the peripheral stimulus. It turned out that in the time window from 0 to 2 s after the peripheral stimulus, both responses decrease in parallel with a minimum at 350-500 ms. The close correspondence between [alpha] amplitude and reaction time supports the view that [alpha] waves are functionally relevant for this behaviour.