Feature conjunctions and auditory sensory memory

Elyse Sussman, Hilary Gomes, Jo Manette K. Nousak, Walter Ritter, Herbert G. Vaughan

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This study sought to obtain additional evidence that transient auditory memory stores information about conjunctions of features on an automatic basis. The mismatch negativity of event-related potentials was employed because its operations are based on information that is stored in transient auditory memory. The mismatch negativity was found to be elicited by a tone that differed from standard tones in a combination of its perceived location and frequency. The result lends further support to the hypothesis that the system upon which the mismatch negativity relies processes stimuli in an holistic manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalBrain research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 18 1998



  • Feature conjunction
  • Mismatch negativity
  • Transient auditory memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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Sussman, E., Gomes, H., Nousak, J. M. K., Ritter, W., & Vaughan, H. G. (1998). Feature conjunctions and auditory sensory memory. Brain research, 793(1-2), 95-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-8993(98)00164-4