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Clin Electroencephalogr. 1998 Oct;29(4):170-6.

Interhemispheric EEG coherence in never-medicated patients with paranoid schizophrenia: analysis at rest and during photic stimulation.

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Department of Neuropsychiatry, Kanazawa University School of Medicine, Japan.


We assessed functional relationships between hemispheres by calculating interhemispheric EEG coherence at rest and during photic stimulation in 18 never-medicated patients with paranoid schizophrenia and 30 control subjects. Although no significant group differences were found in the resting EEG, the schizophrenic patients had significantly higher coherence on EEGs recorded during photic stimulation, compared to the control subjects. In this study, we also examined the changes in interhemispheric coherence from rest to the stimulus condition (i.e., stimulation-related coherence reactivity); the patients were found to show significantly greater coherence reactivity to photic stimulation. These findings provide further evidence that schizophrenic patients have a higher degree of interhemispheric functional connectivity and thus have less lateralized cerebral organization than normal subjects. Our results also suggest that schizophrenic patients have excessive functional reorganization between hemispheres in association with photic stimulation.

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