Alpha asymmetry in female military spouses following deployment

Ronald Jay Werner-Wilson, Joann Lianekhammy, Laura M. Frey, Trent Parker, Nathan D. Wood, Claire Kimberly, Martha Perry, Kristyn Blackburn, Lauren Smith, Katherine Terrana, Jillian Pucket, Melissa Dalton

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In the present investigation the authors incorporate a social/affective neuroscience approach to assess the relationship between deployment and electrical brain activity of women married to service members. In particular, the researchers examined influences associated with alpha asymmetry over the frontal cortex. Results suggest that length of time since returning from deployment and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder are associated with greater activity in the right hemisphere of the brain which is associated with a tendency to withdraw from an uncomfortable stimulus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-217
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Received May 18, 2011; accepted July 7, 2011. This research was supported in part by the Kathryn Louise Chellgren Endowment, University of Kentucky. Address correspondence to Ronald Jay Werner–Wilson, Family Studies Department, University of Kentucky, 315 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0054. E-mail: [email protected]


  • Alpha asymmetry
  • Couple therapy
  • Deployment
  • Electrical brain activity
  • Emotion
  • Feminist family therapy
  • Military family
  • Social/affective neuroscience
  • Trauma
  • Wives of service personnel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Applied Psychology


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