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The Mismatch Negativity: A Window to the Brain

Risto Näätänen, Teija Kujala, and Gregory Light


This book introduces the electrophysiological change-detection response of the brain called the mismatch negativity (MMN). MMN is elicited by any discriminable change in some repetitive aspect of ongoing auditory stimulation even in the absence of attention, causing an attentional shift to change, hence representing a response of vital significance to the organism. In addition, an analogous response is also elicited in the other sensory modalities and occurs in different species and in the different developmental stages from infancy to the old age. Importantly, MMN, reflecting the NMDA-recepto ... More

Keywords: mismatch negativity (MMN), perception, memory trace, learning, brain plasticity, development, aging, developmental disorders, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198705079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Risto Näätänen, author
Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Psychology, University of Tartu, Estonia

Teija Kujala, author
Professor of Psychology, Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland

Gregory Light, author
Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, USA