MMN Responses in Adults After Exposure to Bimodal and Unimodal Frequency Distributions of Rotated Speech

Ellen Marklund, Elísabet Eir Cortes, Johan Sjons


The aim of the present study is to further the understanding of the relationship between perceptual categorization and exposure to different frequency distributions of sounds. Previous studies have shown that speech sound discrimination proficiency is influenced by exposure to different distributions of speech sound continua varying along one or several acoustic dimensions, both in adults and in infants. In the current study, adults were presented with either a bimodal or a unimodal frequency distribution of spectrally rotated sounds along a continuum (a vowel continuum before rotation). Categorization of the sounds, quantified as amplitude of the event-related potential (ERP) component mismatch negativity (MMN) in response to two of the sounds, was measured before and after exposure. It was expected that the bimodal group would have a larger MMN amplitude after exposure whereas the unimodal group would have a smaller MMN amplitude after exposure. Contrary to expectations, the MMN amplitude was smaller overall after exposure, and no difference was found between groups. This suggests that either the previously reported sensitivity to frequency distributions of speech sounds is not present for non-speech sounds, or the MMN amplitude is not a sensitive enough measure of categorization to detect an influence from passive exposure, or both.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1110

Cite as: Marklund, E., Cortes, E.E., Sjons, J. (2017) MMN Responses in Adults After Exposure to Bimodal and Unimodal Frequency Distributions of Rotated Speech. Proc. Interspeech 2017, 1804-1808, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1110.


@inproceedings{Marklund2017,
  author={Ellen Marklund and Elísabet Eir Cortes and Johan Sjons},
  title={MMN Responses in Adults After Exposure to Bimodal and Unimodal Frequency Distributions of Rotated Speech},
  year=2017,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2017},
  pages={1804--1808},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1110},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1110}
}