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Neuroreport. 2000 Sep 28;11(14):3109-12.

Maturation of frontal and temporal components of mismatch negativity (MMN) in children.

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  • 1INSERM U316, Child Psychiatry Unit, CHU Bretonneau, Tours, France.


The mismatch negativity (MMN) response of auditory ERPs in adults appears to result from several overlapping components involving both frontal and temporal brain areas. Our aim was to test whether a similar configuration could be observed in children, and to examine the maturation rates of the different components. MMN (standard tones: 1000 Hz, deviants: 1100 Hz) was recorded from 28 scalp electrodes in 24 healthy children aged from 5 to 10 and in eight adults for comparison. Scalp current density analysis revealed both temporal and frontal components in children of all ages as well as in adults. Moreover the amplitudes of the temporal components were significantly greater in children than in adults, whereas the frontal components were similar at all ages. The results strongly suggest that MMN is mediated by at least two separate neural systems, and that the frontal system matures earlier than the sensory-specific system.

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