Right frontal EEG and pregnancy/neonatal outcomes

Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Saul Schanberg, Cynthia Kuhn

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Fifty-two pregnant women recruited during their second trimester were given EEGs and divided into greater relative right and left frontal EEG activation groups. The greater relative right frontal EEG women had lower dopamine levels during their second trimester and lower dopamine and higher cortisol levels during the neonatal period. The newborns of the right frontal EEG mothers also showed greater relative right frontal EEG, had lower dopamine and serotonin levels, spent more time in indeterminate sleep and had inferior Brazelton scores. A discriminant function analysis based on the mothers' prenatal depression scores and biochemical measures correctly classified 74% of the women as greater relative right or left frontal EEG group members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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