Research Repository

Early visual ERPs show stable body-sensitive patterns over a 4-week test period

Groves, K and Kennett, S and Gillmeister, H (2018) 'Early visual ERPs show stable body-sensitive patterns over a 4-week test period.' PLoS ONE, 13 (2). e0192583-e0192583. ISSN 1932-6203

journal.pone.0192583.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (7MB) | Preview


Event-related potential (ERP) studies feature among the most cited papers in the field of body representation, with recent research highlighting the potential of ERPs as neuropsychiatric biomarkers. Despite this, investigation into how reliable early visual ERPs and body-sensitive effects are over time has been overlooked. This study therefore aimed to assess the stability of early body-sensitive effects and visual P1, N1 and VPP responses. Participants were asked to identify pictures of their own bodies, other bodies and houses during an EEG test session that was completed at the same time, once a week, for four consecutive weeks. Results showed that amplitude and latency of early visual components and their associated body-sensitive effects were stable over the 4-week period. Furthermore, correlational analyses revealed that VPP component amplitude might be more reliable than VPP latency and specific electrode sites might be more robust indicators of body-sensitive cortical activity than others. These findings suggest that visual P1, N1 and VPP responses, alongside body-sensitive N1/VPP effects, are robust indications of neuronal activity. We conclude that these components are eligible to be considered as electrophysiological biomarkers relevant to body representation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Electroencephalography; Body Image; Evoked Potentials, Visual; Adolescent; Adult; Female; Male; Young Adult
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 11:42
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:47

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item