Preattentive auditory context effects

István Winkler, Elyse Sussman, Mari Tervaniemi, János Horváth, Walter Ritter, Risto Näätänen

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Abstract

The effects of auditory context on the preattentive and perceptual organization of tone sequences were investigated. Two sets of experiments were conducted in which the pitch of contextual tones was varied, bringing about two different contextual manipulations. Preattentive auditory organization was indexed by the mismatch negativity event-related potential, which is elicited by violations of auditory regularities even when participants ignore the sounds (e.g., by reading a book). The perceptual effects of the contextual manipulations on auditory grouping were assessed using target-detection and order-judgment tasks. The close correspondence found between the effects of auditory context on the perceptual and preattentive measures of auditory grouping suggests that a large part of contextual processing is preattentive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-77
Number of pages21
JournalCognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2003

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Winkler, I., Sussman, E., Tervaniemi, M., Horváth, J., Ritter, W., & Näätänen, R. (2003). Preattentive auditory context effects. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 3(1), 57-77. https://doi.org/10.3758/CABN.3.1.57