- Volume 22 Issue 3
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qEEG Measures of Attentional and Memory Network Functions in Medical Students: Novel Targets for Pharmacopuncture to Improve Cognition and Academic Performance
- Gorantla, Vasavi R. (Department of Behavioural Sciences and Neuroscience, AUA College of Medicine) ;
- Bond, Vernon Jr. (Department of Recreation, Human Performance & Leisure Studies and Exercise Science & Human Nutrition Laboratory, Howard University Cancer Centre) ;
- Dorsey, James (Department of Recreation, Human Performance & Leisure Studies and Exercise Science & Human Nutrition Laboratory, Howard University Cancer Centre) ;
- Tedesco, Sarah (AUA College of Medicine) ;
- Kaur, Tanisha (AUA College of Medicine) ;
- Simpson, Matthew (AUA College of Medicine) ;
- Pemminati, Sudhakar (Department of Medical Pharmacology, AUA College of Medicine, Antigua and Barbuda 8 Department of Medical Physiology, AUA College of Medicine) ;
- Millis, Richard M. (Department of Behavioural Sciences and Neuroscience, AUA College of Medicine)
- Received : 2019.01.08
- Accepted : 2019.09.03
- Published : 2019.09.30
Objectives: Attentional and memory functions are important aspects of neural plasticity that, theoretically, should be amenable to pharmacopuncture treatments. A previous study from our laboratory suggested that quantitative electroencephalographic (qEEG) measurements of theta/beta ratio (TBR), an index of attentional control, may be indicative of academic performance in a first-semester medical school course. The present study expands our prior report by extracting and analyzing data on frontal theta and beta asymmetries. We test the hypothesis that the amount of frontal theta and beta asymmetries (fTA, fBA), are correlated with TBR and academic performance, thereby providing novel targets for pharmacopuncture treatments to improve cognitive performance. Methods: Ten healthy male volunteers were subjected to 5-10 min of qEEG measurements under eyes-closed conditions. The qEEG measurements were performed 3 days before each of first two block examinations in anatomy-physiology, separated by five weeks. Amplitudes of the theta and beta waveforms, expressed in
Supported by : American University of Antigua
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