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Keywords:

  • Auditory evoked potentials;
  • Sensory gating;
  • Attention;
  • Auditory perception;
  • Auditory stimulation

Abstract

To better understand the possible functional significance of electrophysiological sensory gating measures, response suppression of midlatency auditory event related potential (ERP) components was compared to the mismatch negativity (MMN) and to self-rated indices of stimulus filtering and passive attention-switching phenomena in an age-restricted sample of healthy adults. P1 sensory gating, measured during a paired-click paradigm, was correlated with MMN amplitude, measured during an acoustic oddball paradigm (intensity deviation). Also, individuals that exhibited less robust P1 suppression endorsed higher rates of “perceptual modulation” difficulties, whereas component N1 suppression was more closely related to “over-inclusion” of irrelevant sounds into the focus of attention. These findings suggest that the ERP components investigated are not redundant, but correspond to distinct—possibly related—pre-attentive processing systems.