Lack of habituation of evoked visual potentials in analytic information processing style: evidence in healthy subjects

Marzia Buonfiglio, M. Toscano, F. Puledda, G. Avanzini, L. Di Clemente, F. Di Sabato, V. Di Piero

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Abstract

Habituation is considered one of the most basic mechanisms of learning. Habituation deficit to several sensory stimulations has been defined as a trait of migraine brain and also observed in other disorders. On the other hand, analytic information processing style is characterized by the habit of continually evaluating stimuli and it has been associated with migraine. We investigated a possible correlation between lack of habituation of evoked visual potentials and analytic cognitive style in healthy subjects. According to Sternberg–Wagner self-assessment inventory, 15 healthy volunteers (HV) with high analytic score and 15 HV with high global score were recruited. Both groups underwent visual evoked potentials recordings after psychological evaluation. We observed significant lack of habituation in analytical individuals compared to global group. In conclusion, a reduced habituation of visual evoked potentials has been observed in analytic subjects. Our results suggest that further research should be undertaken regarding the relationship between analytic cognitive style and lack of habituation in both physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Analytic information processing style
  • Evoked visual potentials
  • Healthy subjects
  • Lack of habituation
  • Sternberg–Wagner self-assessment inventory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)

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Buonfiglio, M., Toscano, M., Puledda, F., Avanzini, G., Di Clemente, L., Di Sabato, F., & Di Piero, V. (2015). Lack of habituation of evoked visual potentials in analytic information processing style: evidence in healthy subjects. Neurological Sciences, 36(3), 391-395. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-014-1962-7