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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2011 Jul-Aug;61(4):444-51.

[Peak alpha frequency and psychopathological symptoms in schizophrenia].

[Article in Russian]


Spectral characteristic of the alpha activity (frequency of the maximum spectral peak) were comparatively studied in schizophrenic patients with predominance of positive or negative symptoms and healthy subjects in the resting state and during cognitive task performance. In patients with negative symptoms, the spectral peak frequency of the alpha activity (8-13 Hz) was decreased at rest as compared to healthy subjects in all cortical areas. In patients with positive symptoms, the peak frequency of the alpha rhythm in the occipital cortical areas was higher than in healthy subjects. The performance-induced increase in the alpha-rhythm peak frequency during cognitive tasks was less expressed in schizophrenics than in healthy subjects. A correlation of these characteristics with psychopathological symptoms was revealed. The results suggest a difference in neurophysiological mechanisms underlying positive and negative symptoms in schizophrenia.

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