New paper!

Developmental changes in the cortical sources of spontaneous alpha throughout adolescence

5 September 2018

A new paper has recently been published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, outlining work carried out by Dr Philippa Howsley and Dr Liat Levita.

The study investigated age-, gender-, and puberty-related changes in two cortical sources of spontaneous alpha during eyes-open and eyes-closed conditions in a cohort of adolescents (aged 9-23 years). Results found that prefrontal alpha was greater when eyes were open compared to when eyes were closed for 18-23 year olds, and that occipital alpha was greater for all adolescents when eyes were closed. More advanced pubertal stage predicted reduced alpha in 9-17 year old males.

This study provides an important initial step towards understanding developmental changes in the cortical sources of spontaneous alpha in the typically developing brain.

Read the full article on Science Direct.