Event-related Brain Potentials: A Tool in the Study of Human Information Processing

  • Emanuel Donchin
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 2)


A cognitive psychologist of note who is not particularly impressed with event-related potentials (ERPs) commented recently, while reviewing a grant application, that studies of the behavioral correlates of ERPs can be described as studies in which “phenomena are in search of a theory.” The intent was pejorative, but I found the statement complimentary. I was especially pleased because several years ago in a review of one of my own proposals another referee suggested that in the field of ERPs “one sees a technique futilely searching for phenomena!” We have, it would seem, made good progress in the last decade if we have found phenomena and are now searching for a theory. A detailed review of this progress is presented by Callaway, Tueting, and Koslow (in press).


Event Related Potential P300 Amplitude P300 Component P300 Latency Clinical Neurophysiology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emanuel Donchin
    • 1
  1. 1.Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory, Department of PsychologyUniversity of IllinoisChampaignUSA

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