Jan 17, 2003

Hemispheric asymmetry of visual evoked potentials during human recognition of facial emotional expressions

Zhurnal vyssheĭ nervnoĭ deiatelnosti imeni I P Pavlova
D V DavydovE S Nikitaeva

Abstract

Visual evoked potentials (VEP) in standard 16 EEG derivations were recorded in 26 young men and 20 women during recognition of facial emotional expressions and geometric figures. The stimuli were presented on a computer screen in the center of the visual field or randomly in the right or left vision hemifields. Peak VEP latency and mean amplitude in 50-ms epochs were measured; spatiotemporal VEP dynamics was analyzed in a series of topographic maps. The right hemisphere was shown to be more important in processing emotional faces. The character of the asymmetry was dynamic: at earlier stages of emotion processing the electrical activity was higher in the right inferior temporal region compared to the left symmetrical site. Later on the activity was higher in the right frontal and central areas. The dynamic mapping of "face-selective" component N180 of VEPs revealed the onset of activation over the right frontal areas that was followed by the fast activation of symmetrical left zones. Notably, this dynamics didn't correlate with the hemifield of stimuli exposition. The degree of asymmetry was lower during presentation of figures, especially in the inferior temporal and frontal regions. The prominent asymmetry of information proc...Continue Reading

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Temporal Region
Visual Evoked Potential Procedure
Face
Electrical Activity of Brain
Visual Evoked Cortical Potential
Frontal Region
Familiarity
Ambidexterity
Expressed Emotion
Frontal Lobe

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