Over the past decades, many studies have linked the variations in frequency of spontaneous blinking with certain aspects of information processing and in particular with attention and working memory functions. On the other hand, according to the theory postulated by Crick and Koch, the actual function of primary consciousness is based on the reciprocal interaction between attention and working memory in the automatic and serial mode. The purpose of this study was to investigate for electrophysiological correlates compatible with the cognitive nature of spontaneous blinking, by using the EEG recordings obtained in a group of seven healthy volunteers while they rested quietly though awake, with their eyes open, but not actively engaged in attention-demanding goal-directed behaviours. The global wavelet analysis - at total of 189 three-second EEG epochs time-locked to the blink - revealed an increase in the delta band signal corresponding to the blink. In particular, a reconstruction of the EEG signal by means of inverse-wavelet transform (IWT) showed a blink-related P300-like wave at mid-parietal site. We assumed this phenomenon to represent an electrophysiological sign of the automatic processing of contextual environmental information. This might play a role in maintaining perceptive awareness of the environment at a low level of processing, while the subject is not engaged in attention-demanding tasks but rather introspectively oriented mental activities or free association(s). (C) 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Autori interni:||ROSSI, BRUNO|
CARBONCINI, MARIA CHIARA
|Autori:||Bonfiglio L; Sello S; Andre P; Carboncini MC; Arrighi P; Rossi B|
|Titolo:||Blink-related delta oscillations in the resting-state EEG: A wavelet analysis|
|Anno del prodotto:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.neulet.2008.10.039|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|