Temporal integration of auditory stimulus deviance as reflected by the mismatch negativity

Elyse Sussman, István Winkler, Walter Ritter, Kimmo Alho, Näätänen Risto Näätänen

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We recorded event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to two different infrequent deviant tones presented successively within the repetitive sequence of a standard tone. A separate mismatch negativity (MMN) component was elicited by each of the two deviants when the interval separating their onsets was 300 ms. However, only a single MMN component was elicited when the temporal separation between the onsets of the two deviants was 150 ms. Previous studies obtained similar results using two temporally separated deviations carried by a single sound. Taken together, these results support the notion of a general temporal integration mechanism in the formation of auditory events with ca. 200 ms long window.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Apr 2 1999


  • Audition
  • Auditory event formation
  • Event-related potentials
  • Mismatch negativity
  • Temporal integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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