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Keywords:

  • magnetoencephalography;
  • auditory mismatch field;
  • event related fields

Auditory event related magnetic fields were measured using an odd-ball paradigm in which the rare event was a tone of short duration, D2, and the frequent one a tone of longer duration, D1. The subjects were required to attend to and count the number of rare stimuli. In the average across target stimuli a mismatch field (MMF) occurs and the dependence of the MMF, especially its latency, on the tone duration D2 is examined in detail. The location of an equivalent current dipole for the MMF-source is found and turns out to be at variance with earlier results. In addition to the MMF we propose a new component, here called MMF, which in time overlaps the magnetic equivalent of the P200 signal and which has a source location (equivalent current dipole) lying rather close to the MMF-source. The two sources are, however, active at latencies differing by a time equal to D2. We speculate that MMF indicates the onset of the process: “evaluation of tone-duration” while the MMF indicates the end of this process.