An investigation of the auditory streaming effect using event-related brain potentials

Elyse S. Sussman, Walter Ritter, Herbert G. Vaughan

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Abstract

There is uncertainty concerning the extent to which the auditory streaming effect is a function of attentive or preattentive mechanisms. The mismatch negativity (MMN), which indexes preattentive acoustic processing, was used to probe whether the segregation associated with the streaming effect occurs preattentively. In Experiment 1, alternating high and low tones were presented at fast and slow paces while subjects ignored the stimuli. At the slow pace, tones were heard as alternating high and low pitches, and no MMN was elicited. At the fast pace a streaming effect was induced and an MMN was observed for the low stream, indicating a preattentive locus for the streaming effect. The high deviant did not elicit an MMN. MMNs were obtained to both the high and low deviants when the interval between the across- stream deviance was lengthened to more than 250 ms in Experiment 2, indicating that the MMN system is susceptible to processing constraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-34
Number of pages13
JournalPsychophysiology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1999

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Keywords

  • Auditory sensory memory
  • Auditory stream segregation
  • Event-related potentials
  • Mismatch negativity
  • Streaming effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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An investigation of the auditory streaming effect using event-related brain potentials. / Sussman, Elyse S.; Ritter, Walter; Vaughan, Herbert G.

In: Psychophysiology, Vol. 36, No. 1, 01.1999, p. 22-34.

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Sussman, Elyse S. ; Ritter, Walter ; Vaughan, Herbert G. / An investigation of the auditory streaming effect using event-related brain potentials. In: Psychophysiology. 1999 ; Vol. 36, No. 1. pp. 22-34.
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