Visual Evoked Potentials and Brain Dysfunction in Chronic Alcoholics

  • Bernice Porjesz
  • Henri Begleiter
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 2)


Chronic alcohol abuse is known to lead to brain dysfunction (Begleiter and Platz, 1972; Rankin, 1975). In an effort to ascer tain some parallel between acute and chronic alcohol intake, the effect of single doses of alcohol on normal brain functioning is being studied. Extensive research has been conducted in order to investigate the effects of acute doses of alcohol on the normal human evoked potential. This has been examined with the auditory evoked response (AER) (Gross et al., 1966), the somatosensory evoked potential (SEP) (Lewis et al., 1970; Salamy and Williams, 1973; Porjesz and Begleiter, 1973), and the visual evoked potential (VEP) (Lewis et al., 1969, 1970; Porjesz and Begleiter, 1975; Rhodes et al., 1975), P3 amplitude (Roth et al., 1977), the contingent negative variation (CNV) (Kopell et al., 1972; Roth et al., 1977), and the amplitude-intensity gradient (Spilker and Callaway, 1969).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernice Porjesz
    • 1
  • Henri Begleiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Psychiatry, Downstate Medical CenterState University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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