Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6583

Date

2020

Date of Award

5-13-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Concentration

General Psychology

Committee Chair

Frank Andrasik

Committee Member

Jeffrey Sable

Committee Member

Nicholas Simon

Abstract

Migraine is a primary headache disorder characterized by abnormal cortical activity acrossmigraine phases. However, less is known about electroencephalographic activity present duringasymptomatic periods of the migraine cycle or during resting-state conditions. Given the theorythat these testing conditions may reflect more permanent cortical states, the present studyexamined the interacting role of resting-state conditions (eyes-open vs. eyes-closed) andheadache diagnosis (migraine vs. control) on absolute band power across the EEG frequencyspectrum. In-line with previous research, we hypothesized that interictal periods of the migrainephase would be characterized by a difference in alpha frequency and an increase in slow-waveactivity compared to controls. We further predicted that group-related effects would differdepending on resting-state conditions. In general, slow-wave activity was greater in migriane compared to controls, although a significant interaction effect was obtained regarding fast-wavebeta power. Broad spectrum cortical differences between migraine and healthy controls arediscussed.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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