Abstract

Schröger, E., Tervaniemi, M., Wolff, C., & Näätänen, R. N. (1996). Preattentive periodicity detection in auditory patterns as governed by time and intensity information. Brain Research. Cognitive Brain Research, 4(2), 145-148.

Preattentive periodicity detection in auditory patterns as governed by time and intensity information

The present study demonstrated that the mismatch negativity (MMN), generated by the brain's preattentive detection of a sound change, is elicited by infrequent reversals of two consecutive tones differing in intensity. When tones were presented in a pairwise manner, the MMN was time-locked to the onset of the intensity reversal. When the tones were continuously presented, the MMN was elicited by an irregular loud tone succeeding a regular loud tone but not by an irregular soft tone following a regular soft tone. Results suggest that the preattentive construction of auditory units is primarily governed by the timing of tone presentation but that it may also utilize intensity information, when no sufficient timing information is available.



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