Detecting violations of temporal regularities in waking and sleeping two-month-old infants

R. A. Otte, I. Winkler, M. A K A Braeken, J. J. Stekelenburg, O. van der Stelt, B. R H Van den Bergh

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Abstract

Correctly processing rapid sequences of sounds is essential for developmental milestones, such as language acquisition. We investigated the sensitivity of two-month-old infants to violations of a temporal regularity, by recording event-related brain potentials (ERPs) in an auditory oddball paradigm from 36 waking and 40 sleeping infants. Standard tones were presented at a regular 300. ms inter-stimulus interval (ISI). One deviant, otherwise identical to the standard, was preceded by a 100. ms ISI. Two other deviants, presented with the standard ISI, differed from the standard in their spectral makeup. We found significant differences between ERP responses elicited by the standard and each of the deviant sounds. The results suggest that the ability to extract both temporal and spectral regularities from a sound sequence is already functional within the first few months of life. The scalp distribution of all three deviant-stimulus responses was influenced by the infants' state of alertness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-322
Number of pages8
JournalBiological Psychology
Volume92
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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Keywords

  • Auditory oddball paradigm
  • Event-related potential (ERP)
  • Infants
  • ISI-deviant stimulus
  • Mismatch negativity (MMN)
  • State of alertness

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  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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Otte, R. A., Winkler, I., Braeken, M. A. K. A., Stekelenburg, J. J., van der Stelt, O., & Van den Bergh, B. R. H. (2013). Detecting violations of temporal regularities in waking and sleeping two-month-old infants. Biological Psychology, 92(2), 315-322. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.09.009

Detecting violations of temporal regularities in waking and sleeping two-month-old infants. / Otte, R. A.; Winkler, I.; Braeken, M. A K A; Stekelenburg, J. J.; van der Stelt, O.; Van den Bergh, B. R H.

In: Biological Psychology, Vol. 92, No. 2, 02.2013, p. 315-322.

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Otte, RA, Winkler, I, Braeken, MAKA, Stekelenburg, JJ, van der Stelt, O & Van den Bergh, BRH 2013, 'Detecting violations of temporal regularities in waking and sleeping two-month-old infants', Biological Psychology, vol. 92, no. 2, pp. 315-322. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.09.009
Otte, R. A. ; Winkler, I. ; Braeken, M. A K A ; Stekelenburg, J. J. ; van der Stelt, O. ; Van den Bergh, B. R H. / Detecting violations of temporal regularities in waking and sleeping two-month-old infants. In: Biological Psychology. 2013 ; Vol. 92, No. 2. pp. 315-322.
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