Is excessive EEG beta activity associated with delinquent behavior in adult subjects with ADHD?

Perrig, Walter J.; König, Thomas; Meier, Nadja Maria (2012). Is excessive EEG beta activity associated with delinquent behavior in adult subjects with ADHD? (Unpublished). In: 8th Annual Meeting of the Clinical Neuroscience Berne. University Hospital of Psychiatry, Bern. 04.12.2012..

Objective: The attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) shows an increased prevalence in arrested offenders compared to the normal population. ADHD and delinquency seem to share some neurophysiological abnormalities. In recent studies, a subgroup of subjects with ADHD as well as delinquents displayed excessive EEG activity in the beta band compared to controls, which has been associated with antisocial behavior and aggression in ADHD children. The goal of the present study was to investigate whether delinquent behavior in ADHD is related to excessive beta activity.
Methods: We compared the resting state EEGs (eyes closed and eyes open) of 13 non-delinquent and 13 delinquent
subjects with ADHD and 13 controls regarding power spectra and topography of the EEG activity.
Results: Offenders with ADHD showed more beta power mainly at frontal, central and parietal brain regions than non-delinquent subjects with ADHD.
Conclusions: Excessive beta power may represent a risk-factor for delinquent behavior in adults with ADHD.
Significance: The awareness of such risk-factors may be helpful in the assessment of the risk for delinquent behavior in a psychiatric context and may provide a neurobiological background for therapeutic interventions.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Psychiatric Neurophysiology [discontinued]
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health

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Perrig, Walter, König, Thomas, Meier, Nadja Maria


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Anette van Dorland

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12 Aug 2014 08:52

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05 Dec 2022 14:36


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