The result of wakeful EEG shows persistent activation of temporal lobes - high level of delta and theta waves in the left temporal lobe (3 on the scale from -3 to 3) and slightly lower in the right temporal lobe.
The sources that I found state that delta and theta waves are typically associated with the state of sleeping, though.


What are possible explanations of such activity when the subject is awake?

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    $\begingroup$ @user855286 I think there needs to be more context before this can be attempted to be answered. What is the recording condition? Why are you asking this question? Why is the scale "-3 to 3"? What does the rest of the spectrum look like? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jun 10 '19 at 19:25
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    $\begingroup$ @user855286 It ranges from nothing to anything, so speculating isn't going to be very useful and just lead to "WebMD syndrome" $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jun 10 '19 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ @user855286 Yes, because this site does not provide personal medical advice. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jun 10 '19 at 20:09
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    $\begingroup$ @user855286 The two answers at psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/20075/… might be of interest to you if you are wondering about where different frequency "waves" come from rather than plausible diagnoses. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jun 10 '19 at 20:32

According to this article, the localized increase in delta and theta waves is a known anomaly in EEG, is referred to as "focal slow activity" and it the case of a wakeful EEG of an adult it usually suggests an organic damage or disfunction of the affected area, but extra tests are required to narrow down the list of possibilities.


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