ERIC Number: ED332118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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The Use of Evoked Potential Studies in the Identification of Explosive Adolescents.
Bars, Donald R.; And Others
The focus of this study was on the identification of adolescents with physiologically based extreme behavior problems (explosive, hostile, aggressive type) through the use of evoked potential studies. Through interviews two distinct types of explosive behavior were identified based upon how individuals came out of the rage or explosive period. In one group, the individuals tended to be more disoriented and less aware of where they were and what happened. In the second group, individuals were able to recall their actions, yet were unable to exert control over their escalating behavior. An ex-post facto study evaluated the computerized auditory evoked potentials, visual evoked potentials, and electroencephalograms of 71 explosive adolescents. Preliminary findings indicated there were major differences between the explosive population and the control group in the areas of occipital response as well as deep negative responses in the frontal areas. The characteristics of these groups were so recurring that it is believed that by using them as markers it is possible to electrophysiologically identify those students who may potentially exhibit explosive behavior. It appears that the same intense occipital and temporal responses are evident at times in children 4 to 7 years old who may, or may not, have started exhibiting explosive tendencies. If individuals can be identified at this early age, it may then be possible to control the explosive behavior more effectively. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Explosive Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).