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Topographic mapping of the brain activity of gifted children

The study compared the brain electrical activity of two groups of gifted children between the ages of 9 and 13 years. The electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded with eyes closed: "at rest" and during three simple cognitive tasks. Significant differences were found in absolute power in the resting state EEG between the gifted high achievers and non-gifted, age-matched peers. No significant differences were found between the gifted underachievers and age-matched peers. Significant differences were found in absolute and relative power during the word recognition task compared to the resting EEG. No significant differences were found in the comparisons of the topographic maps for the other cognitive tasks and the resting EEG. Results suggest that topographic mapping of brain activity may provide an educational method for discriminating among children of different cognitive abilities. Implications for education are discussed and suggestions for further research are given.
Date January 1993
CreatorsCoffin, Lorraine
ContributorsCartwright, Glenn F. (advisor)
PublisherMcGill University
Source SetsLibrary and Archives Canada ETDs Repository / Centre d'archives des thèses électroniques de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation
CoverageDoctor of Philosophy (Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling.)
RightsAll items in eScholarship@McGill are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
Relationalephsysno: 001340913, proquestno: NN87799, Theses scanned by UMI/ProQuest.

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