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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2002 Jul-Aug;52(4):406-16.

[EEG spectral characteristics at different stages of the unconscious visual set in two motivation conditions].

[Article in Russian]

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Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.


Multichannel EEG were recorded in young healthy subjects in two series of experiments during formation, actualization, and extinction of the visual unconscious set to the perception of unequal circles under conditions of increased motivation of subjects to the result of their performance. In the first series of experiments, subjects were promised to be rewarded (a small money price) for each correct response (the "general" rise of motivation). In the second series, subjects were promised to be rewarded for correct responses only in cases when one of the circles was larger than the other one (the "directed" rise of motivation). The dynamics of the EEG spectral power derived under these two conditions was compared with similar indices obtained earlier during formation of the same set without any special motivation of subjects (control). In all experimental conditions, before the presentation of the stimuli the EEG power in the alpha range was higher in subjects with the stable set. The dynamics of changes in the alpha power at set stages was principally similar in all conditions. In all the experimental conditions, in subjects with unstable set the EEG power in the delta range was highest at the stage of set actualization. The most pronounced generalized changes in the EEG power in the theta-range during the "general" rise of motivation in subjects with stable and unstable forms of set and greater variability of the reaction time to the probe stimulus suggest that the task performance under these conditions required greater tension than under conditions of the "directed" rise of motivation.

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