Speech-sound discrimination in neonates as measured with MEG

Anu Kujala*, Minna Huotilainen, Merja Hotakainen, Mietta Lennes, Lauri Parkkonen, Vineta Fellman, Risto Näätänen

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Magnetic brain responses to speech sounds were measured in 10 healthy neonates. The stimulation consisted of a frequent vowel sound [a:] with a steady pitch contour, which was occasionally replaced by the vowel [i:] with a steady pitch, or the vowel [a:] with a rising pitch, manifesting a change of intonation.The magnetic mismatch-negativity response (MMNm) was obtained and successfully modelled to the speech sound quality change in all infants and to the intonation change in 6 infants. The present results indicate that auditory-cortex speech-sound discrimination may well be studied with magnetic recordings as early as in newborn infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2089-2092
Number of pages4
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2004
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Magnetoencephalography
  • MEG
  • Mismatch negativity
  • Neonate
  • Speech sound

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    Kujala, A., Huotilainen, M., Hotakainen, M., Lennes, M., Parkkonen, L., Fellman, V., & Näätänen, R. (2004). Speech-sound discrimination in neonates as measured with MEG. Neuroreport, 15(13), 2089-2092. https://doi.org/10.1097/00001756-200409150-00018