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Whole-head mapping of middle-latency auditory evoked magnetic fields.

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Low Temperature Laboratory (LTL), Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland.


We recorded middle-latency auditory evoked magnetic fields from 9 healthy subjects with a 122-channel whole-head SQUID gradiometer. The stimuli were click triplets, 2.5 msec in total duration, delivered alternately to the two ears once every 333 msec. Contralateral clicks elicited P30m responses in 16 and P50m responses in 12 out of 18 hemispheres studied; ipsilateral clicks did so in 7 and 13 hemispheres, respectively. The field patterns were satisfactorily explained by current dipoles in 16 and 4 hemispheres for contra- and ipsilateral P30m, and in 4 and 10 hemispheres for contra- and ipsilateral P50m. The peak latencies of P30m and P50m were not affected by stimulation side. The results show that middle-latency auditory evoked responses receive a strong contribution from auditory cortical structures, and that differences of input latency to cortical auditory areas, evaluated from MLAEF latencies, do not explain the latency differences seen in late auditory evoked fields to contralateral vs. ipsilateral stimulation.

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