Symposium: Past, present and future of the MMN
Thursday, Sep 10, 2015
Hörsaal 3

Past, present, and future of the MMN

Risto Näätänen, Carles Escera, Erich Schröger, Juanita Todd, & István Winkler1

1Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Näätänen, Gaillard and Mäntysalo have introduced the mismatch negativity (MMN) over 35 years ago. It is perhaps time to take a bird's-eye view of the progress and achievements of MMN-related research through time, assess where we are at this point, and discuss which future directions appear to be most promising. The symposium will commence with Risto Näätänen’s overview of the context within which MMN has been discovered and how early findings led to an ever widening set of questions that could be studied by MMN. Next, a panel of four experienced MMN researchers, Carles Escera, Erich Schröger, Juanita Todd, and István Winkler give their assessment of the current state of MMN research in some of the most important topics addressed with this methods: the neural bases of auditory sensory deviance detection, functional and computational models of MMN, applying MMN to the study of speech and music perception, developmental and clinical issues. The rest of the session will be dedicated to short statements about the future of MMN research. Conference participants are encouraged to submit a 2-3 sentence synopsis of their statement to István Winkler at preferably before the meeting, but no later than the evening before the session. We will have time for ca. 10-15 statements of 3-4 minutes duration.