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Differences In Early And Late Stages Of Information Processing Between Slow Versus Fast Participants
Author: Claudio Portella, Sergio Machado, Flávia Paes, Mauricio Cagy, Alexander T Sack, Ada Sandoval-carrillo, Jose Salas-pacheco, Adriana Cardoso Silva, Roberto Piedade, Pedro Ribeiro, Antonio Egídio Nardi And Oscar Arias-carrión
Publisher: Derivative Works
8 pages
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Type of publication: Article
ISBN/ISSN: 1755-7682
DOI: 10.1186/1755-7682-7-49
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The human brain is a system consisting of various interconnected neural networks, with functional specialization coexisting with functional integration occurring both; temporally and spatially at many levels. The current study ranked and compared fast and slow participants in processing information by assessing latency and amplitude of early and late Event-Related Potential (ERP) components, including P200, N200, Premotor Potential (PMP) and P300. In addition, the Reaction Time (RT) of participants was compared and related to the respective ERP components. For this purpose, twenty right-handed and healthy individuals were subjected to a classical ERP “Oddball” paradigm. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Discriminant Function analyses (DFA) used PRE components and the Reaction Time (RT) to classify individuals. Our results indicate that latencies of P200 (O2 electrode), N200 (O2), PMP (C3) and P300 (Pz) components are significantly reduced in the group of fast responding participants. In addition, the P200 amplitude is significantly increased in the group of fast responding participants. Based on these findings, we suggest that the ERP is able to detect even minimal impairments, in the processing of somatosensory information and cognitive and motor stages. Hence, the study of ERP might also be capable of assessing sensorimotor dysfunctions in healthy old-aged people and in neuropsychiatric patients (suffering from dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological disorders).

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