Effect of body position on bilateral EEG alterations and their relationship with autonomic nervous modulation in normal subjects.

Author: Chang LJ, Lin JF, Lin CF, Wu KT, Wang YM, Kuo CD.
Laboratory of Biophysics, Department of Research and Education, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, TAIWAN.
Conference/Journal: Neurosci Lett.
Date published: 2010 Dec 20
Other: Word Count: 178

This study investigated the effect of body position on the electroencephalogram (EEG) and autonomic nervous modulation, and the relationship between them by using spectral analysis of EEG and heart rate variability (HRV). All healthy volunteers recruited had their electrocardiogram and EEG recorded for power spectral analysis. We found that when changing position from supine to upright, the EEG spectral components below the α band, such as δ and θ bands, were significantly decreased while the EEG spectral components above the α band, such as β, γ and ω bands, were significantly increased in both scalps. Correlation analysis showed that the θ rhythm of both scalps might be associated with the control of HR; the α and β rhythms of right scalp might be associated with vagal modulation; and the γ rhythm of left scalp might be associated with sympathetic modulation of the subject. Thus, some EEG components might be associated with the autonomic nervous modulation of the subject during positional change. There might be a mechanism located in the brain-stem which jointly controls both autonomic influences on heart rate and EEG activation.

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PMID: 21182897