Perceptual learning with right unilateral versus bilateral electroconvulsive therapy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Perceptual learning was examined with respect to variations in ECT electrode placement (bilateral versus right unilateral) and ECT stimulus waveform (sinusoidal versus brief-pulse). While patients receiving right unilateral ECT demonstrated more perceptual learning than did those receiving bilateral ECT, no difference in perceptual learning resulted from the variation in electrical stimulus waveform. Furthermore, the amount of perceptual learning was unaffected by EEG seizure duration and by the total amount of electrical stimulus energy delivered. The theoretical issue of whether an electrical or a seizure difference between bilateral and right unilateral ECT is responsible for inter-group learning or memory differences is discussed, as well as practical issues related to the choice of electrode placement.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Daniel, WF; Crovitz, HF; Weiner, RD

Published Date

  • October 1, 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 145 /

Start / End Page

  • 394 - 400

PubMed ID

  • 6487913

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-1250

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1192/bjp.145.4.394


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England