Variables in P300 recording: task type and electrode position

Humberto de Oliveira Simões Ana Cláudia Figueiredo Frizzo Sthella Zanchetta Miguel Ângelo Hyppolito Ana Cláudia Mirândola Barbosa Reis About the authors



To analyze the latency and amplitude of P300 responses obtained with electrodes positioned at Cz and Fz and in different tasks of infrequent stimulus identification in normal hearing individuals.


Forty adults of both genders participated in the study. Three recordings with three different tasks were obtained for the identification of the infrequent stimulus; simultaneous recordings were obtained from Cz and Fz positions.


Cz position showed significantly greater amplitudes and lower latencies than Fz. Regarding the three tasks, only “pronouncing the word ’thin’” was different from “raising a finger”, with lowest latencies for the verbal task. Regarding amplitude, significantly higher values were observed for “raising a finger”, followed by “pronouncing the word ‘thin’” and mental counting.


Cz obtained the best values, highest amplitude and lowest latency. Lowest latencies were obtained for the task of “pronouncing the word ‘thin’” and the highest amplitudes were obtained for “raising a finger”.

P300 Evoked Potentials; Young Adult; Hearing; Electrophysiology; Audiology

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