Alpha wave activity In frontal cortical regions and dimensions of personality

No Thumbnail Available
Coughlan, Barry
Issue Date
BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
Items in Esource are protected by copyright. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher/copyright holder.
The aim of the present study was to investigate a link between alpha wave activity and personality, in a sample of thirty-five volunteers (M=20, F= 15). The participants firstly completed John & Srivastava’s Big Five Inventory of personality. EEG activity was then recorded from the frontal regions while the participants underwent varying levels of stimulus. Statistical analyses demonstrated a positive correlation between alpha wave activity and agreeableness in an intermittent stimulus condition. However, no other significant correlations were observed. Therefore, it was concluded that investigation a link between alpha wave activity and agreeableness might be a useful avenue of research for future studies. Moreover the possible benefits and limitations of measuring alpha wave activity from the frontal lobes are discussed. Author keywords: Personality, extraversion, agreeablness, alpha, wave, EEG