EEG stability in infants/children of depressed mothers

Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. Winter 1997;28(2):59-70. doi: 10.1023/a:1025197101496.


The stability of EEG was examined in infants of depressed (BDI > 16) and non-depressed mothers (BDI < 9) from 3 months to 3 years. Of the 32 infants seen at 3 months, 15 were seen again at 3 years of age. Seven of the eight children who had exhibited right frontal EEG asymmetry as infants still showed that EEG asymmetry pattern at the 3 year visit. Children with right frontal EEG asymmetry at 3 years were observed to be more inhibited during an exploratory play task, and children of depressed versus non-depressed mothers were less empathetic during simulated maternal distress.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Mothers / psychology*