Brain Topography

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 590–598

Visual Mismatch Negativity and Categorization


DOI: 10.1007/s10548-013-0316-8

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Czigler, I. Brain Topogr (2014) 27: 590. doi:10.1007/s10548-013-0316-8


Visual mismatch negativity (vMMN) component of event-related potentials is elicited by stimuli violating the category rule of stimulus sequences, even if such stimuli are outside the focus of attention. Category-related vMMN emerges to colors, and color-related vMMN is sensitive to language-related effects. A higher-order perceptual category, bilateral symmetry is also represented in the memory processes underlying vMMN. As a relatively large body of research shows, violating the emotional category of human faces elicits vMMN. Another face-related category sensitive to the violation of regular presentation is gender. Finally, vMMN was elicited to the laterality of hands. As results on category-related vMMN show, stimulus representation in the non-conscious change detection system is fairly complex, and it is not restricted to the registration of elementary perceptual regularities.


Visual mismatch negativityCategorizationColorEmotionGenderHand laterality

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and PsychologyCentre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary