EEG stability in infants/children of depressed mothers

Nancy Aaron Jones, Tiffany Field, Marisabel Davalos, Jeffrey Pickens

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The stability of EEG was examined in infants of depressed (BDI > 16) and non-depressed mothers (BDI < 9) from 3 months to 3 years. Of the 32 infants seen at 3 months, 15 were seen again at 3 years of age. Seven of the eight children who had exhibited right frontal EEG asymmetry as infants still showed that EEG asymmetry pattern at the 3 year visit. Children with right frontal EEG asymmetry at 3 years were observed to be more inhibited during an exploratory play task, and children of depressed versus non-depressed mothers were less empathetic during simulated maternal distress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-70
Number of pages12
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997


  • EEG Asymmetry
  • Empathy
  • Inhibition
  • Maternal Depression
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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