Issues and assumptions on the road from raw signals to metrics of frontal EEG asymmetry in emotion

John J.B. Allen, James A. Coan, Maria Nazarian

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There exists a substantial literature examining frontal electroencephalographic asymmetries in emotion, motivation, and psychopathology. Research in this area uses a specialized set of approaches for reducing raw EEG signals to metrics that provide the basis for making inferences about the role of frontal brain activity in emotion. The present review details some of the common data processing routines used in this field of research, with a focus on statistical and methodological issues that have captured, and should capture, the attention of researchers in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-218
Number of pages36
JournalBiological Psychology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 2004



  • EEG
  • Emotion
  • Frontal electroencephalographic asymmetry
  • Methods
  • State and trait

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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