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Numerous studies have suggested that the CNV (contingent negative variation), a negative slow wave developing between a warning and an imperative stimulus, reflects, among other things, temporal processing of the interval between these two stimuli. One aim of the present work was to specify the relationship between CNV activity and the perceived duration. A(More)
Emotional and neutral sounds rated for valence and arousal were used to investigate the influence of emotions on timing in reproduction and verbal estimation tasks with durations from 2 s to 6 s. Results revealed an effect of emotion on temporal judgment, with emotional stimuli judged to be longer than neutral ones for a similar arousal level. Within scalar(More)
The purpose of this research was to study the mechanisms underlying tempo perception, by looking at their electrophysiological brain correlates. The subjects' task consisted of comparing the tempos of two isochronous tone sequences made up of either three (condition 13) or six (condition 16) 600-ms intervals. Contingent negative variation (CNV), known to be(More)
OBJECTIVES This work aimed to find out whether the human cortical 'tonotopy' represents the true fundamental frequency (Fo) of complex sounds, or the center frequency CF at which harmonics peak in the audio spectrum. Indeed, complex periodic sounds (such as those of the human voice, musical instruments, etc.) comprise a 'fundamental component' (Fo) and its(More)
This study reports an analysis of the Contingent Negative Variation (CNV) recorded on the human scalp during the comparison of a test duration with a previously memorized duration. Results show that CNV activity peaks at the end of the memorized duration, and that its slope varies inversely with the length of this duration. These features of CNV activity(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the functional organization of the auditory cortex for pure tones of 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 kHz. Ten subjects were tested with a whole-head magnetometer (151 channels). The location, latency and amplitude of the generators of the N1m (the main component of the response, peaking approximately at 100 ms) were(More)
The phenomenon commonly known as subjective accenting refers to the fact that identical sound events within purely isochronous sequences are perceived as unequal. Although subjective accenting has been extensively explored using behavioral methods, no physiological evidence has ever been provided for it. In the present study, we tested the notion that these(More)
The present experiment investigates in 'normal' subjects the relationship between personality characteristics (anhedonia versus hedonia) and the influence of the affective value of acoustic stimuli (positive, negative, neutral) on various electrophysiological indices reflecting either tonic activation or phasic arousal (EEG power spectra, contingent(More)
Precise timing is crucial for accurate perception and action in the range of hundreds of milliseconds. One still unresolved question concerns the influence of sensory information content on timing mechanisms. Numerous studies have converged to suggest that the CNV (Contingent Negative Variation), a slow negative wave that develops between two events,(More)
Analysis of single-trial electroencephalogram waveforms in a reaction time task demonstrated that the onset and offset values of event-related potentials can be used as indices of the duration of information processing. Two negative waves have been identified which peak at different times in different regions of the scalp, with the second overlapping the(More)