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Int J Neurosci. 2001 Aug;109(3-4):227-44.

Accordance between EEG alpha power and dual task performance for different visual cognitive tasks.

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Cognitive Neurophysiology Unit, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey.


Evidence from clinical and experimental studies suggests that the left hemisphere is preferentially engaged in language processing and mathematical-analytic tasks while the right is involved with spatial relations and synthetic tasks. The purpose of the present study was to investigate accordance between dual task paradigm (effects of concurrent cognitive tasks on right- and left-hand finger tapping frequency) and EEG alpha power changes, which are used to conduct research in lateralization of cognitive function. Subjects performed reading, face recognition and line orientation tasks. First, the EEG was recorded during the tasks and, after six months, the dual task was carried out using the same cognitive tasks. Statistical analysis yielded no significant main effect for the hemispheres, performing hand and three cognitive tasks separately for the dual task and the EEG alpha power changes. However, significant correlation between the two methods was found, indicating the left parietal activation for the reading task, the right temporal activation for the line orientation task, and both hemispheric activation for the face recognition task. Results first suggest a significant accordance between dual task performance and EEG alpha asymmetry studies.

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