Rostral anterior cingulate cortex activity in the theta band predicts response to antidepressive medication

Clin EEG Neurosci. 2007 Apr;38(2):78-81. doi: 10.1177/155005940703800209.


During the last 10 years the knowledge about rostral anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) activity in major depression has substantially increased. Several groups have independently described a relationship between resting activity in this area and response to antidepressant treatment. We have recently confirmed a relationship between resting activity of rostral ACC activity and response in a group of 20 patients with major depression using resting theta activity. In this earlier study regions of interest (ROI) were defined in order to establish regional specificity. Differences between responders and nonresponders were only found in the ACC-ROI, but not in the posterior cingulate region. We have now reanalyzed our data using a whole brain voxelwise approach, in order not to miss any other relevant functional differences. In addition to major differences between responders and nonresponders in the rostral ACC, we have identified a nearby region in the midline orbito-frontal region.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antidepressive Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Depression / diagnosis
  • Depression / drug therapy*
  • Depression / physiopathology*
  • Electroencephalography / drug effects*
  • Electroencephalography / methods*
  • Female
  • Gyrus Cinguli / drug effects
  • Gyrus Cinguli / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods
  • Prognosis
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antidepressive Agents