Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 292–297 | Cite as

Atypical Laterality of Resting Gamma Oscillations in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Christina R. Maxwell
  • Michele E. Villalobos
  • Robert T. Schultz
  • Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann
  • Kerstin Konrad
  • Gregor Kohls
Original Paper


Abnormal brain oscillatory activity has been found in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and proposed as a potential biomarker. While several studies have investigated gamma oscillations in ASD, none have examined resting gamma power across multiple brain regions. This study investigated resting gamma power using EEG in 15 boys with ASD and 18 age and intelligence quotient matched typically developing controls. We found a decrease in resting gamma power at right lateral electrodes in ASD. We further explored associations between gamma and ASD severity as measured by the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) and found a negative correlation between SRS and gamma power. We believe that our findings give further support of gamma oscillations as a potential biomarker for ASD.


Autism Gamma EEG SRS Resting state Laterality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina R. Maxwell
    • 1
  • Michele E. Villalobos
    • 1
  • Robert T. Schultz
    • 1
  • Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kerstin Konrad
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Gregor Kohls
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Autism ResearchChildren’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and PsychotherapyRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  3. 3.JARA Translational Brain MedicineAachenGermany
  4. 4.Child Neuropsychology Section, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and PsychotherapyRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  5. 5.Cognitive Neurology SectionInstitute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Research Centre JülichJülichGermany

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