CES-D depression scores are correlated with frontal EEG alpha asymmetry

Miguel A. Diego, Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif

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In order to evaluate the relationship between frontal EEG asymmetry and depressive symptomology, the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale [CES-D; Radloff, 1977] was given to 163 women, and their EEG was recorded from the mid frontal (F3 and F4) and parietal (P3 and P4) regions during a 3 rain baseline recording. As expected from previous research on depression, CES-D scores were negatively correlated with frontal EEG alpha asymmetry scores and positively correlated with left frontal EEG alpha power. Analyses of variance further revealed that mothers scoring above the cut-off for depression (CES-D≥16) bad significantly lower frontal EEG asymmetry scores than mothers with 0-2 and 3-12 CES-D scores but not lower scores than mothers with 13-15 CES-D scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalDepression and anxiety
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


  • CES-D
  • Depressive symptomology
  • Frontal EEG asymmetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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