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A new electrophysiological index for working memory load in humans.
Publication types: Clinical Trial ; Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't - Publication Status: ppublish
Working memory, the ability to store and simultaneously manipulate information, is affected in several neuropsychiatric disorders which lead to severe cognitive and functional deficits. An electrophysiological marker for this process could help identify early cerebral function abnormalities. In subjects performing working memory-specific n-back tasks, event-related potential analysis revealed a positive-negative waveform (PNwm) component modulated in amplitude by working memory load. It occurs in the expected time range for this process, 140-280 ms after stimulus onset, superimposed on the classical P200 and N200 components. Independent Component Analysis extracted two functional components with latencies and topographical scalp distributions similar to the PNwm. Our results imply that the PNwm represents a new electrophysiological index for working memory load in humans.
Adult, Brain Mapping, Electroencephalography, Electrophysiology, Evoked Potentials, Visual, Female, Humans, Male, Memory, Short-Term, Photic Stimulation, Principal Component Analysis, Reading
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