Storage of feature conjunction in transient auditor memory


  • The research was supported by Grant NS30029, MH06823, and HD01799 from the USPHS.

  • The helpful comment of Diana Deacon are gratefully acknowledge.


The purpose of this study was to determine whether feature conjunction are stored in transient auditory memory. The mismatch negativity (MMN), an event-related potential that is elicited by stimuli that differ from a series of preceding stimuli was used in this endeavour. A tone that differed from the preceding series of stimuli in the conjunction of tow of its features, both present in preceding stimuli but in different combination, was found to elicit the MMN, the data are interpreted to indicate that information about the conjunction of feature is stored in the memory.