Beta wave


Beta wave

Beta wave, or beta rhythm, is the term used to designate the frequency range of brain activity above 12 Hz (12 transitions or cycles per second). Beta states are the states associated with normal waking consciousness. Low amplitude beta waves with multiple and varying frequencies are often associated with active, busy, or anxious thinking and active concentration. Rhythmic beta with a dominant set of frequencies is associated with various pathologies and drug effects. For instance, beta activity can be accentuated by sedative-hypnotic drugs such as benzodiazepines or barbiturates.Fact|date=October 2007 It can also be absent or reduced if the patient underwent cortical damage.

Beta Waves are also split into three sections: High Beta Waves (19Hz+); Beta Waves (15-18Hz); and Low Beta Waves (12-15Hz).

ee also

* Electroencephalography
* SMR
* Sensory Integration Dysfunction
* Holonomic brain theory
* Sleep
* Alpha wave
* Delta wave
* Gamma wave
* Theta wave


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  • beta wave — /ˈbitə weɪv/ (say beetuh wayv) noun a periodic variation in the electrical potential of the normal cerebral cortex with a frequency about 18 to 30 hertz in the alert waking state. Compare alpha wave. Also, beta rhythm …   Australian English dictionary

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  • beta rhythm — noun the normal brainwave in the encephalogram of a person who is awake and alert; occurs with a frequency between 12 and 30 hertz • Syn: ↑beta wave • Hypernyms: ↑brainwave, ↑brain wave, ↑cortical potential …   Useful english dictionary


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