7th Annual WML Academic Symposium

Time: 12:00 Noon
Rm 225
Presenter(s): Katy Hunt and Ashley Thomason
Title: Dominance of Brain Waves Based on Location and Salience of Stimulus
Developed under the guidance of Dr. Jutta Street , Psychology

The purpose of this study was to determine if dominant brainwaves differed by location of an identified stimulus and by type of stimulus (black/white or color). A sample of 16 undergraduate college students were presented with twenty slides and given a search task while their eye movements and brain waves were recorded. Preliminary statistical analysis showed significant differences for high salience (M=2.48, SD =1.09) and low salience (M=4.72, SD=1.56) conditions, with t(11)=7.251, p < .001. Statistically significant differences for salience were found in Quadrants 2, 3, and 4. Brain maps indicate that brainwave patterns differ by salience more so than location.