Linking brainwaves to the brain: an ERP primer

Dev Neuropsychol. 2005;27(2):183-215. doi: 10.1207/s15326942dn2702_1.


This article reviews literature on the characteristics and possible interpretations of the event-related potential (ERP) peaks commonly identified in research. The description of each peak includes typical latencies, cortical distributions, and possible brain sources of observed activity as well as the evoking paradigms and underlying psychological processes. The review is intended to serve as a tutorial for general readers interested in neuropsychological research and as a reference source for researchers using ERP techniques.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Evoked Potentials / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology
  • Neural Inhibition / physiology
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Reaction Time / physiology