With the use of a time-synchronized video and polygraphic recording system, 5,042 infantile spasms were monitored and analyzed in 24 infants aged 1 to 43 months. Of these, 33.9% were flexor, 22.5% extensor, and 42.0% mixed flexor-extensor. Sometimes the spasms were followed by a period of akinesia and diminished responsiveness lasting up to 90 seconds, and rarely (1.0%) this “arrest” effect constituted the entire seizure. More than one type of seizure occurred in 21 of the 24 infants. In the same number, 78.3% of the seizures occurred in clusters, and the intensity and frequency of the spasms in each cluster often increased to a peak, then progressively decreased until they stopped. Predominantly, the clusters occurred soon after arousal from sleep. The number of seizures occurring at night (55.2%) was similar to the diurnal number (44.8%). The electroencephalographic seizure pattern was variable, but a marked generalized attenuation of electrical activity was a feature of 71.7% of the attacks. Attenuation episodes of similar degree and duration occurred with no evidence of a seizure.