Temporal boundary of auditory event formation: An electrophysiological marker

Júlia Simon, Viktória Balla, István Winkler

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The formation of auditory events requires integration between successive sounds. There is a temporal limit below which a single sound event is perceived while above which a second perceptual event is formed. Behavioral studies applying the Temporal Order Judgment paradigm showed that this boundary is between 20 and 70 ms. Here we provide event-related potential (ERP) evidence from two experiments showing a qualitative change in the processing of tone pairs between 25 and 75 ms within-pair inter-stimulus intervals (ISI). We also show that this temporal boundary can be influenced by the immediate acoustical context, the statistical distribution of the ISIs within the sequence of tone-pairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Psychophysiology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019



  • ERP
  • Perceptual event formation
  • Temporal integration
  • Temporal order judgment (TOJ)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology (medical)

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