Temporary and longer term retention of acoustic information

István Winkler, Oleg Korzyukov, Valentina Gumenyuk, Nelson Cowan, Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen, Risto J. Ilmoniemi, Kimmo Alho, Risto Näätänen

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Though many studies suggest that fine acoustic details fade from memory after 15 s or even less, everyday experience tells us that the voice of a person or a musical instrument can be recognized long after it was last heard. We wished to determine whether tones leave a lasting memory trace using an experimental model of implicit recognition and testing whether exact pitch information can be retrieved even after 30 s. Event-related brain potentials demonstrated the survival of an accurate representation of tone pitch in the auditory cortex. This result provides a link between short-duration buffering and permanent storage of acoustic information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-534
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Auditory event-related potential
  • Auditory memory
  • Long-term memory
  • Mismatch negativity
  • 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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    Winkler, I., Korzyukov, O., Gumenyuk, V., Cowan, N., Linkenkaer-Hansen, K., Ilmoniemi, R. J., Alho, K., & Näätänen, R. (2002). Temporary and longer term retention of acoustic information. Psychophysiology, 39(4), 530-534. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0048577201393186