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Auditory Event-related Potentials

  • Istvan Winkler
  • Susan Denham
  • Carles Escera
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7320-6_99-1



Auditory event-related potentials are electric potentials (AERP, AEP) and magnetic fields (AEF) generated by the synchronous activity of large neural populations in the brain, which are time-locked to some actual or expected sound event (cf. the definition of ERP in “EEG/MEG Evoked/Spontaneous Activity”).

Detailed Description

Measurement and Derivation of AERPs/AEFs

AERPs are derived from the continuous electro-/magnetoencephalogram (EEG/MEG, see “EEG/MEG Evoked/Spontaneous Activity”) by extracting segments of the signal (epochs) time-locked to some actual or expected acoustic event. AERPs were first recorded by Hallowell and Pauline A. Davis in 1935–1936 (Davis 1939; Davis et al. 1939). Because EEG/MEG is typically recorded non-invasively (outside the brain, e.g., from/around the scalp), these measures only reflect synchronous activity of large neural populations...


Mismatch Negativity Auditory Evoke Brainstem Response Involuntary Attention Middle Latency Response Sound Onset 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and PsychologyResearch Centre for Natural Sciences, MTABudapestHungary
  2. 2.Cognition Institute and School of PsychologyPlymouth UniversityPlymouth, DevonUK
  3. 3.Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior (IR3C), University of BarcelonaBarcelona, CataloniaSpain