The mismatch negativity (MMN) is a passively elicited event-related potential that is extremely sensitive to acoustic stimulus properties. The MMN was characterized in normal adults and school-age children in response to speech stimuli differing minimally in the onset frequency of the second and third formant transitions. The speechevoked MMN consists of a negative waveform at about 230 msec that occurs in response to the deviant stimulus when it is presented in an oddball paradigm. It is absent in response to that same stimulus when presented alone. The MMN was clearly present in all adults and children tested. Using the procedures developed in this study, this event-related potential was found to be robust enough in individual subjects to be considered a potential clinical measure for assessing central auditory function in sc oolage children and adults.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Speech and Hearing