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Electroencephalogram Alpha-activity during Mild Vestibular Stimulation

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PREVIOUS reports have indicated that nystagmus resulting from vestibular stimulation is significantly influenced by instructions given to subjects regarding their mental activity1–4. In addition, under some conditions, nystagmus appears to reflect the subject's state of alertness more clearly than electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns2. There has been recent interest in the relation of arousal to EEG activity5 and in the relation of EEG patterns to vestibular stimulation6. This report, bearing on both these interests, presents EEG findings obtained under different sets of instructions during repeated rotational stimulation. In addition, these new EEG results are here correlated with previously reported1 nystagmus scores.

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  1. Civil Aeromedical Research Institute, Federal Aviation Agency, Oklahoma City

  2. Department of Neurology, New York Hospital, 525 E. 68th Street, New York



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