Periodic amplitude modulation of EEG

Neurosci Lett. 1992 Mar 2;136(2):213-5. doi: 10.1016/0304-3940(92)90051-8.


Time variation of the EEG spectral parameters was analyzed during a 10 min resting period in 40 healthy subjects. Spectral band powers over the theta and alpha bands were calculated for each non-overlapping 2.5 s long EEG segment. The time variation of the band powers was further analyzed by computing the power spectra. The results showed that both theta and alpha band powers oscillate at an average frequency 0.024 Hz and 0.057 Hz. This indicates, that the background EEG activity is modulated by periodical slow components. We hypothesize that this modulation reflects spontaneous periodic changes of cortical excitability with control at the brainstem level.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alpha Rhythm
  • Brain Stem / physiology
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Humans
  • Reference Values
  • Theta Rhythm