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Development of the automatic mismatch response: from frontal positivity in kindergarten children to the mismatch negativity


Maurer, Urs; Bucher, Kerstin; Brem, Silvia; Brandeis, Daniel (2003). Development of the automatic mismatch response: from frontal positivity in kindergarten children to the mismatch negativity. Clinical Neurophysiology, 114(5):808-17.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The automatic event-related potential (ERP) response to auditory deviance typically consists of a frontocentral mismatch negativity (MMN), which has been shown to be quite stable during development. Whereas in some infant studies, positive frontal mismatch responses have been reported instead of a MMN; to date, such positivities have not been reported for older children.

METHODS

Oddball sequences with small frequency and phoneme deviance (standard: 1000 Hz, 'ba'; larger deviance: 1060 Hz, 'ta'; smaller deviance: 1030 Hz, 'da') and short intervals (every 0.38 s) were presented to 6-7-year-old children and adults during 43-channel ERP recordings.

RESULTS

Children showed a consistent frontal positive mismatch response with posterior negativity (179-207 ms), and adults a frontocentral MMN with mastoid positivity (129-199 ms). This map polarity reversal was reflected by significantly different 3D centroid distributions. Low-resolution electromagnetic tomography (LORETA) revealed temporal mismatch response sources for both age groups and conditions.

CONCLUSIONS

Major developmental changes characterise the automatic mismatch response for the small deviances and short intervals used. Source localisation suggests that children's and adults' mismatch responses originated from superior temporal plane generators with similar localisation but opposite polarity. This indicates qualitatively different neurophysiological functioning of the automatic bi-temporal auditory change detectors in children and adults.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The automatic event-related potential (ERP) response to auditory deviance typically consists of a frontocentral mismatch negativity (MMN), which has been shown to be quite stable during development. Whereas in some infant studies, positive frontal mismatch responses have been reported instead of a MMN; to date, such positivities have not been reported for older children.

METHODS

Oddball sequences with small frequency and phoneme deviance (standard: 1000 Hz, 'ba'; larger deviance: 1060 Hz, 'ta'; smaller deviance: 1030 Hz, 'da') and short intervals (every 0.38 s) were presented to 6-7-year-old children and adults during 43-channel ERP recordings.

RESULTS

Children showed a consistent frontal positive mismatch response with posterior negativity (179-207 ms), and adults a frontocentral MMN with mastoid positivity (129-199 ms). This map polarity reversal was reflected by significantly different 3D centroid distributions. Low-resolution electromagnetic tomography (LORETA) revealed temporal mismatch response sources for both age groups and conditions.

CONCLUSIONS

Major developmental changes characterise the automatic mismatch response for the small deviances and short intervals used. Source localisation suggests that children's and adults' mismatch responses originated from superior temporal plane generators with similar localisation but opposite polarity. This indicates qualitatively different neurophysiological functioning of the automatic bi-temporal auditory change detectors in children and adults.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:May 2003
Deposited On:23 Jul 2014 12:10
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:59
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1388-2457
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S1388-2457(03)00032-4
PubMed ID:12738427

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