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Perception of motion and qEEG activity in human adults.

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  • 1INSERM U316, Service Universitaire d'Explorations Fonctionnelles et Neurophysiologie en P├ędopsychiatrie, CHU Bretonneau, Tours, France.


This study was designed to relate visual perception of motion to cortical activity, by evaluation of the association of quantified electroencephalogram (qEEG) parameters with a video film projection. The EEG was recorded from 14 sites according to the International 10-20 system and a common average reference was used. Forty right-handed volunteers (mean age = 24 years) were examined. The video film consisted of 20 s sequences showing still shots and moving shots with human movements or object movements. The EEG was then subjected to spectral analysis; the spectral powers for the theta, alpha and beta bands were calculated for 14 s epochs and compared with sequences of the video film. All analyses were based on logarithmically transformed absolute spectral power values. The power values of each frequency band were analysed in a 3-way repeated measure ANOVA (Hemisphere x Electrode x Sequence). The results were represented by EEG cartography. Significant decreases in the alpha 1, beta 1 and beta 2 power values of EEG in centro-parietal regions of both hemispheres were shown during perception of human motion sequences. This suggests participation of the sensorimotor cortex during visual observation of human motion.

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