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Auditory event-related potentials associated with perceptual reversals of bistable pitch motion.

Davidson GD, Pitts MA - Front Hum Neurosci (2014)

Bottom Line: Previous event-related potential (ERP) experiments have consistently identified two components associated with perceptual transitions of bistable visual stimuli, the "reversal negativity" (RN) and the "late positive complex" (LPC).Pairs of complex tones with ambiguous pitch relationships were presented sequentially while subjects reported whether they perceived the tone pairs as ascending or descending in pitch.These two components may be auditory analogs of the visual RN and LPC, suggesting functionally equivalent but anatomically distinct processes in auditory vs. visual bistable perception.

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Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Reed College Portland, OR, USA.

ABSTRACT
Previous event-related potential (ERP) experiments have consistently identified two components associated with perceptual transitions of bistable visual stimuli, the "reversal negativity" (RN) and the "late positive complex" (LPC). The RN (~200 ms post-stimulus, bilateral occipital-parietal distribution) is thought to reflect transitions between neural representations that form the moment-to-moment contents of conscious perception, while the LPC (~400 ms, central-parietal) is considered an index of post-perceptual processing related to accessing and reporting one's percept. To explore the generality of these components across sensory modalities, the present experiment utilized a novel bistable auditory stimulus. Pairs of complex tones with ambiguous pitch relationships were presented sequentially while subjects reported whether they perceived the tone pairs as ascending or descending in pitch. ERPs elicited by the tones were compared according to whether perceived pitch motion changed direction or remained the same across successive trials. An auditory reversal negativity (aRN) component was evident at ~170 ms post-stimulus over bilateral fronto-central scalp locations. An auditory LPC component (aLPC) was evident at subsequent latencies (~350 ms, fronto-central distribution). These two components may be auditory analogs of the visual RN and LPC, suggesting functionally equivalent but anatomically distinct processes in auditory vs. visual bistable perception.

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Grand-averaged difference wave topographies (reversal minus stable) for each of the components of interest, averaged across the indicated time windows. As in Figure 4; time zero refers to tone-2-onset.
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Figure 5: Grand-averaged difference wave topographies (reversal minus stable) for each of the components of interest, averaged across the indicated time windows. As in Figure 4; time zero refers to tone-2-onset.

Mentions: A subsequent, positive-going difference for reversal trials (aLPC) was apparent from 320–380 ms (post-tone-2-onset) with a midline distribution over the fronto-central scalp, F(1,20) = 6.2, p = 0.02, partial eta-squared = 0.24 (mean amplitudes: reversal = −6.0 μV (sem = 0.62); stable = −6.9 μV (sem = 0.71)). ERPs from the reversal and stable conditions at electrode sites centered on the aRN and aLPC components are shown in Figure 4. Difference waves were computed by subtracting stable ERPs from reversal ERPs. Scalp topographies of these difference waves are provided in Figure 5.


Auditory event-related potentials associated with perceptual reversals of bistable pitch motion.

Davidson GD, Pitts MA - Front Hum Neurosci (2014)

Grand-averaged difference wave topographies (reversal minus stable) for each of the components of interest, averaged across the indicated time windows. As in Figure 4; time zero refers to tone-2-onset.
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Figure 5: Grand-averaged difference wave topographies (reversal minus stable) for each of the components of interest, averaged across the indicated time windows. As in Figure 4; time zero refers to tone-2-onset.
Mentions: A subsequent, positive-going difference for reversal trials (aLPC) was apparent from 320–380 ms (post-tone-2-onset) with a midline distribution over the fronto-central scalp, F(1,20) = 6.2, p = 0.02, partial eta-squared = 0.24 (mean amplitudes: reversal = −6.0 μV (sem = 0.62); stable = −6.9 μV (sem = 0.71)). ERPs from the reversal and stable conditions at electrode sites centered on the aRN and aLPC components are shown in Figure 4. Difference waves were computed by subtracting stable ERPs from reversal ERPs. Scalp topographies of these difference waves are provided in Figure 5.

Bottom Line: Previous event-related potential (ERP) experiments have consistently identified two components associated with perceptual transitions of bistable visual stimuli, the "reversal negativity" (RN) and the "late positive complex" (LPC).Pairs of complex tones with ambiguous pitch relationships were presented sequentially while subjects reported whether they perceived the tone pairs as ascending or descending in pitch.These two components may be auditory analogs of the visual RN and LPC, suggesting functionally equivalent but anatomically distinct processes in auditory vs. visual bistable perception.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Reed College Portland, OR, USA.

ABSTRACT
Previous event-related potential (ERP) experiments have consistently identified two components associated with perceptual transitions of bistable visual stimuli, the "reversal negativity" (RN) and the "late positive complex" (LPC). The RN (~200 ms post-stimulus, bilateral occipital-parietal distribution) is thought to reflect transitions between neural representations that form the moment-to-moment contents of conscious perception, while the LPC (~400 ms, central-parietal) is considered an index of post-perceptual processing related to accessing and reporting one's percept. To explore the generality of these components across sensory modalities, the present experiment utilized a novel bistable auditory stimulus. Pairs of complex tones with ambiguous pitch relationships were presented sequentially while subjects reported whether they perceived the tone pairs as ascending or descending in pitch. ERPs elicited by the tones were compared according to whether perceived pitch motion changed direction or remained the same across successive trials. An auditory reversal negativity (aRN) component was evident at ~170 ms post-stimulus over bilateral fronto-central scalp locations. An auditory LPC component (aLPC) was evident at subsequent latencies (~350 ms, fronto-central distribution). These two components may be auditory analogs of the visual RN and LPC, suggesting functionally equivalent but anatomically distinct processes in auditory vs. visual bistable perception.

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