Ongoing electroencephalographic signal study of simple arithmetic using linear and non-linear measures

Sifis Micheloyannis, Elias Papanikolaou, Emmanuel Bizas, Cornelis J Stam, Panagiotis G Simos

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This study examined patterns of variation in the ongoing electroencephalogram during performance of three visual tasks. One task required exact arithmetic calculations on Arabic numerals. A second task involved pseudoword processing as a control for the verbal (phonological) component that is, by definition, part of arithmetic tasks. A third task primarily required visual/graphemic processing, which is also involved in the other two tasks. Spectral power in the alpha range was lowest during the pseudoword task, followed by power during the arithmetic task, and finally by power in the visual task, indicating more prominent desynchronization during engagement in the analysis of word-like printed material. Finally, linear (power in the gamma range) and non-linear measures (correlation dimension) provided evidence of predominant right hemisphere engagement during the arithmetic task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-8
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Psychophysiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002


  • Adult
  • Alpha Rhythm
  • Brain/physiology
  • Electroencephalography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Mathematics
  • Mental Processes/physiology
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Phonetics
  • Reading

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