Date of Degree Completion
Master of Science (MS)
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Third Committee Member
This study examines frontal alpha brain wave asymmetry (FAA) in relation to emotion processing. Previous research has shown that differences between left versus right FAA could exhibit a neurological marker for emotional intelligence (EI), mental health, and stress. Behavioral data were collected using Profile of Emotional Competence Questionnaire, Perceived Stress Questionnaire, Patient Health Questionnaire-9, and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7. This was followed by a series of resting EEG recordings. This study hypothesizes that participants who are mentally healthy, have higher EI scores and lower stress will display greater left FAA. The hypothesis is partially supported; participants with depression had greater right-sided FAA. It was also found that participants with left FAA had greater anxiety and participants with right FAA had less anxiety—this finding is the opposite of what was hypothesized. This study also found that people with greater EI had less depression, anxiety, and stress.
Sewell, Monica Leigh, "Frontal Alpha Wave Asymmetry in regard to Affect" (2021). All Master's Theses. 1535.