Mismatch negativity indicates vowel discrimination in newborns

Hear Res. 1995 Jan;82(1):53-8. doi: 10.1016/0378-5955(94)00164-l.


The present study shows that an infrequent vowel ('deviant') presented among frequent vowels ('standard') elicits in sleeping human newborns a negativity in the auditory event-related potential (ERP) resembling the mismatch negativity (MMN) recorded in adults. Thus, the MMN appears to provide means to investigate brain mechanisms of vowel perception in infants.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Auditory Cortex / physiology
  • Electroencephalography
  • Evoked Potentials, Auditory
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn / physiology*
  • Male
  • Sleep / physiology
  • Speech Perception / physiology*