alpha rhythm

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alpha rhythm

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alpha wave

n
(Physiology) physiol the normal bursts of electrical activity from the cerebral cortex of a drowsy or inactive person, occurring at a frequency of 8 to 12 hertz and detectable with an electroencephalograph. See also brain wave

al′pha rhythm`


n.
a pattern of slow brain waves (al′pha waves`) in normal persons at rest with closed eyes, thought by some to be associated with an alert but daydreaming mind.
[1935–40]
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Noun1.alpha rhythm - the normal brainwave in the electroencephalogram of a person who is awake but relaxed; occurs with a frequency of 8-12 hertz
brain wave, brainwave, cortical potential - (neurophysiology) rapid fluctuations of voltage between parts of the cerebral cortex that are detectable with an electroencephalograph
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In the study by Ray and Cole (16) in 1985, it was reported that in cognitive functions such as mental arithmetic not requiring environmental attention, alpha activity increased, particularly in the parietal region, whereas in the tests with emotional content, beta activity increased, particularly in the temporal region.
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