Neurophysiological evidence for context-dependent encoding of sensory input in human auditory cortex

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Attention biases the way in which sound information is stored in auditory memory. Little is known, however, about the contribution of stimulus-driven processes in forming and storing coherent sound events. An electrophysiological index of cortical auditory change detection (mismatch negativity [MMN]) was used to assess whether sensory memory representations could be biased toward one organization over another (one or two auditory streams) without attentional control. Results revealed that sound representations held in sensory memory biased the organization of subsequent auditory input. The results demonstrate that context-dependent sound representations modulate stimulus-dependent neural encoding at early stages of auditory cortical processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 23 2006



  • Auditory cortex
  • Event-related potentials (ERPs)
  • Mismatch negativity (MMN)
  • Priming
  • Sensory memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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