Auditory magnetic responses of healthy newborns

Minna Huotilainen*, Anu Kujala, Merja Hotakainen, Anna Shestakova, Elena Kushnerenko, Lauri Parkkonen, Vineta Fellman, Risto Näätänen

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We recorded magnetic brain activity from healthy human new-borns when they heard frequency changes in an otherwise repetitive sound stream. We were able to record the magnetic counterpart of the mismatch negativity (MMN) previously described only with electric recordings in infants. The results show that these recordings are possible, although still challenging due to the small head size and head movements. The modelling of the neural sources underlying the recorded responses suggests cortical sources in the temporal lobes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1871-1875
Number of pages5
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2003
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Auditory
  • Infant
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • MEG
  • Mismatch negativity
  • MMN

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    Huotilainen, M., Kujala, A., Hotakainen, M., Shestakova, A., Kushnerenko, E., Parkkonen, L., Fellman, V., & Näätänen, R. (2003). Auditory magnetic responses of healthy newborns. Neuroreport, 14(14), 1871-1875.