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March 1973

A Test of Lippold's Hypothesis

Author Affiliations

Hamilton, NY
From the Department of Psychology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. This investigation was initiated while the author was a senior postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Arch Neurol. 1973;28(3):208-209. doi:10.1001/archneur.1973.00490210088016

Direct experimental evidence bearing on the hypothesis that the alpha rhythm is generated by tremor of the extraocular muscles which modulates the corneoretinal potential is presented. The average percent of alpha was continuously measured on a cat during ketamine hydrochloride anesthesia and decamethonium bromide paralysis. Alpha production increased, rather then decreased, during the inhibition of neuromuscular functioning.

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