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date: 19 October 2020

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The auditory mismatch negativity (MMN) is a change-specific component of the auditory event-related brain potential (ERP) that is elicited even in the absence of attention and can be used as an objective index of sound-discrimination accuracy and auditory sensory memory. The MMN enables one to reach a new level of understanding of the brain processes forming the biological substrate of central auditory perception and the different forms of auditory memory. A review of MMN studies indicates that the central auditory system performs complex cognitive operations, such as generalization leading to simple concept formation (e.g., a rising pair irrespective of the specific frequency values), rule extraction, and the anticipation of the next stimulus at the preattentive level. These findings demonstrate the presence of a cognitive change-detection mechanism in the auditory cortex.

Keywords: mismatch negativity (MMN), auditory event-related potential, sound discrimination, auditory sensory memory

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