Preattentive extraction of abstract feature conjunctions from auditory stimulation as reflected by the mismatch negativity (MMN)

Petri Paavilainen, Jaana Simola, Maria Jaramillo, Risto Näätänen, István Winkler

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Abstract

Brain mechanisms extracting invariant information from varying auditory inputs were studied using the mismatch-negativity (MMN) brain response. We wished to determine whether the preattentive sound-analysis mechanisms, reflected by MMN, are capable of extracting invariant relationships based on abstract conjunctions between two sound features. The standard stimuli varied over a large range in frequency and intensity dimensions following the rule that the higher the frequency, the louder the intensity. The occasional deviant stimuli violated this frequency-intensity relationship and elicited an MMN. The results demonstrate that preattentive processing of auditory stimuli extends to unexpectedly complex relationships between the stimulus features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalPsychophysiology
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 17 2001

Keywords

  • Event-related potentials (ERP)
  • Feature conjunctions
  • Implicit cognition
  • Mismatch negativity (MMN)
  • Preattentive processing
  • Sensory memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry

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