Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Print version ISSN 0004-282X
PORTELLA, Cláudio Elidio et al. EEG spectral cohrence inter and intrahemispheric during catching object fall task. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.65, n.1, pp. 63-67. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X2007000100014.
The aim of the present study was to evaluate coherence measures at Theta through qEEG during the accomplishment of a specific motor task. The sample consisted of 23 healthy individuals, both sexes, with ages varying between 25 and 40 years old. All subjects were submmitted to a specific motor task of cacthing sequences of falling balls. A three-way ANOVA was employed for the statistical analysis, which demonstrated main effects for the following factors: time, block and position. However, there was no interection between the factors. A significant and generalized coherence reduction was observed during the task execution time. Coherence was also diminished at the left frontal cortex and contralateral hemisphere of the utilizing limb (comparing to the right frontal cortex). In conclusion, these findings suggest a certain specialization of the neural circuit, also according to previous investigations. The inter-coherence reduction suggests a spatial inter-electrode dependence during the task, rather than a neuronal specialization.
Keywords : coherence; neural specialization; qEEG; motor activity.