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Clin Neurophysiol. 2009 Mar;120(3):497-504. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2008.11.023. Epub 2009 Jan 12.

Cortical oscillatory power changes during auditory oddball task revealed by spatially filtered magnetoencephalography.

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Department of Psychiatry, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, D3 2-2 Yamada-oka, Suita, 565-0871 Osaka, Japan.



To investigate the neural sources and associated changes in oscillatory activity involved in auditory attention and memory updating processing using spatially filtered magnetoencephalography.


We recorded magnetic responses during an auditory oddball task in 12 normal subjects. Synthetic aperture magnetometry (SAM)-permutation analysis was used to visualize the multiple brain regions associated with event-related magnetic fields (ERFs), and event-related oscillations during target detection processing.


SAM-permutation results showed the topographical distribution of N1m over the bilateral primary auditory cortex. Post-stimulus delta (1.5-4 Hz) activity sources, likely related to the P300 slow-waveform, were distributed over the right frontocentral and parietal regions. Source locations of theta (4-8 Hz) and alpha (8-13 Hz) event-related synchronization (ERS) were identified over the dorsolateral and medial prefrontal cortex. We visualized bilateral central-Rolandic suppresions for mu (8-15 Hz), beta (15-30 Hz), and low-gamma (30-60 Hz) activities, more dominant in the hemisphere contralateral to the moving hand (button-pressing in response to target stimuli).


Prefrontal theta and alpha ERS, and frontocentral-parietal delta ERS are functionally engaged in auditory attention and memory updating process.


Spatially filtered MEG is valuable for detection and source localization of task-related changes in the ongoing oscillatory activity during oddball tasks.

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