The present article is an extended version of an address given upon receipt of the Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology Award at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Vancouver. Canada, October 1996.
On the detection of auditory deviations: A pre-attentive activation model
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 245–257, May 1997
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SCHRÖGER, E. (1997), On the detection of auditory deviations: A pre-attentive activation model. Psychophysiology, 34: 245–257. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1997.tb02395.x
Research reported in the present article was supported by the Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research (Munich, Germany), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. EU (BMH4-CT96 0819. COBRAIN). and Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Universitat München.
I am very grateful to Drs. Istvain Winkler and Martin Eimer and two anonymous reviewers for valuable comments on an earlier version of this paper and to Dr. Wolfgang Prinz for his continuous patronage.
- Issue published online: 30 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
- (Received January 24, 1997; Accepted March 1, 1997)
- Auditory event-related potentials;
- Mismatch negativity;
- Auditory sensory memory;
The conscious perception of infrequent deviant sounds occurring in a series of frequent standard sounds may in part be based on the output of an obligatorily operating deviance detection system. This system encodes invariances inherent to the recent auditory stimulation into short-lived representations of auditory sensory memory and compares each actual input with these representations. The underlying processes may be regarded as preattentive in the sense that they do not rely on the explicit intention of a person to detect deviants and that they may be active even in the absence of attention (although they may be prone to attentional modulations). The output of this feature-specific preattentive deviance detection system fuses into an integrated mismatch signal that in turn may activate subsequent processes that result in the triggering of a motor response.