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A review of the literature that examines event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and novelty processing reveals that the orienting response engendered by deviant or unexpected events consists of a characteristic ERP pattern, comprised sequentially of the mismatch negativity (MMN) and the novelty P3 or P3a. A wide variety of evidence suggests that the MMN(More)
Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded from young (M = 25) and older (M = 71) adults during a recognition memory paradigm that assessed episodic priming. Participants studied two temporally distinct lists of sentences (each with two unassociated nouns). At test, in response to the nouns, participants made old-new, followed by remember (context)-know(More)
The neural substrates of age-related memory differences were evaluated by recording event-related potentials (ERPs) from young and older adults during a recognition memory paradigm. Subjects studied two temporally distinct lists of sentences (each with two nouns) and were tested for their memory of the nouns and of the list (i.e. temporal source) in which(More)
A decrease in the frontal lobes' efficiency is supposed to play a role in age-related changes in cognitive function. If frontal lobes are involved in the maintenance of working memory, the elderly may require increased frontal activity because of more rapid memory decay. This is consistent with the fact that the P3 component of the event-related potential(More)
Thirty families, consisting of two parents and two adolescent children, were tested on a high-processing load Continuous Performance Test, the CPT-IP, which required identification of identical stimulus pairs within a continuously presented series of stimuli. The purpose of this study was to provide normative data for research concerned with the role of(More)
Researchers concerned with the development of cognitive functions are in need of standardized material that can be used with both adults and children. The present article provides normative measures for 400 line drawings viewed by 5- and 6-year-old children. The three variables obtained-name agreement, familiarity, and visual complexity-are important(More)
A review of the literature that examines event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and memory with respect to aging reveals some consistency in the processes that might be spared and those that might be compromised with increasing age. By and large, the ERP repetition effect, recorded during indirect memory paradigms, appears to be relatively intact with aging,(More)
There is evidence that frontal lobe function may diminish in normal aging. The P3 component of the event-related brain potential (ERP) elicited by target events in an oddball paradigm becomes more frontally oriented in elderly subjects. It was hypothesized that the extent to which the P3 distribution is frontally oriented in old subjects may index less(More)
Event-related potentials associated with detected targets in a vigilance task were analyzed in two ways: (i) by sorting the potentials in terms of sequential reaction time bins of 50 milliseconds and (ii) by examining the single trial waveforms. A negative component (N2) covaried in latency with reaction time. These results support the hypothesis that N2(More)