P300 reflects the degree of cognitive decline in dementing illness

Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 U.S.A.
Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology 03/1986; 63(2):138-144. DOI: 10.1016/0013-4694(86)90007-6


An auditory discrimination paradigm was employed to elicit the P3 component of the event-related brain potential (ERP) from 39 demented patients (mean age = 71 years). Component latency was longer in patients who were diagnosed as having primary degenerative dementia and other cognitive impairment disorders compared to age-matched controls. Neurologist ratings of cognitive impairment were significantly correlated with P3 latency values, although no differences in mean latency were obtained between the various categories of dementia. ERP measurement techniques and the interpretation of P3 latency as an index of dementing illness are discussed.

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    • "Cerebral differences associated to the presence / absence of auditory stimuli Classical auditory N1 - P2 - N2 - P3 components were observed for cate - gorized stimuli , but not for uncategorized stimuli or silences . This result is not surprising as ERP amplitudes decrease when intensity is reduced ( Hillyard et al . , 1971 ; Polich et al . , 1986 ) to the psychophys - ical threshold or near it ( Suzuki et al . , 1976 ; Musiek et al . , 2005 ) . The increase in theta power for categorized stimuli may be associated with the evoked responses , as Klimesch et al . ( 2007 ) have shown that ERPs reflect the superposition of an increase in evoked theta fre - quency band over a decrease"
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