Event-related brain potentials in boys at risk for alcoholism

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Science  28 Sep 1984:
Vol. 225, Issue 4669, pp. 1493-1496
DOI: 10.1126/science.6474187


Recent neurophysiological findings have demonstrated that abstinent chronic alcoholics manifest deficits in event-related brain potentials. To explore possible biological antecedents of alcoholism the present study examined boys at high risk for alcoholism. Event-related brain potentials were recorded from biological sons of alcoholic fathers and matched control boys. Differences in the P3 component of the potentials were obtained between the high-risk and control subjects.