College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Difference in Brain Densities Between Chronic Alcoholic and Normal Control Patients.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-30-1981

Keywords

Adult, Alcoholism, Brain, Functional Laterality, Humans, Tomography.

Publication Title

Science

Volume

211

Issue/No.

4481

Abstract

The densities of the brains of 11 chronic alcoholics were compared with those of 11 age-matched normal control subjects. Densities were determined from the density numbers generated by computerized tomography at three levels of the brain-the highest level of the lateral ventricles and the next two higher levels-with adjustments made to control for possible artifacts in the data. The advantage of the dominant hemisphere over the nondominant hemisphere was lessened in alcoholics

DOI

10.1126/science.7455693

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